Speaker: David Carballo, DRCLAS Santander Visiting Scholar & Associate Professor of Archaeology, Boston University
Moderator: William Fash, Bowditch Professor of Central American and Mexican Archaeology and Ethnology
Two dimensions that make the ancient Mexican metropolis of Teotihuacan remarkable in terms of pre-modern societies are its enigmatic political organization, which presents a “faceless” system of governance, and the fact that the majority of its occupants lived in multi-family apartments—unique in the ancient world for a city of this size. This talk will examine how the two may have been related, by considering evidence from the city’s monuments, art, and households.
This event is co-sponsored by the Moses Mesoamerican Archive
David Carballo holds a PhD from UCLA and is Associate Professor of Archaeology, Anthropology, and Latin American Studies at Boston University. He is an archaeologist who works primarily on pre-Columbian central Mexico, including at Teotihuacan and in the state of Tlaxcala. Among his publications are the books Urbanization and Religion in Ancient Central Mexico and Obsidian and the Teotihuacan State: Weaponry and Ritual Production at the Moon Pyramid, and the edited volumes Obsidian Reflections: Symbolic Dimensions of Obsidian in Mesoamerica and Cooperation and Collective Action: Archaeological Perspectives. Carballo is on the editorial board of Arqueología Mexicana and was previously a Visiting Fellow at the Center for US – Mexican Studies, UC San Diego (2007). At DRCLAS he will be working on publications relating to his research at Teotihuacan.