Lake-Sumter Community College


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I am a Mesoamerican Archaeologist and Faculty member here at Lake-Sumter State College. I have spent over 12 years studying and practicing anthropology, and I am excited to bring this important and interesting discipline to LSSC classrooms. I received my BA in Archaeology from The College of Wooster (2009) and my PhD in Archaeology from Boston University (2017).

I offer three courses to students at the Leesburg and South Lake campuses (*denotes online option available):

ANT 2000 Introduction to Anthropology*

ANT 2100 Introduction to World Archaeology

SLS 1501 Foundations of Success Seminar*

There are five subfields of anthropology (cultural, linguistics, applied, physical, and archaeology) and we explore all of them in ANT 2000 through case studies from around the world. ANT 2000 involves a lot of class discussion and debate as we share our cultural experiences and learn about other cultures across the globe. This class is writing intensive and fulfills a Gordon Rule Requirement.

ANT 2100 takes students on a scientific journey through archaeological sites in different areas of the world but with a strong focus on archaeological research in the Americas. This class focuses more on teaching students the scientific research process and the different methods that can be used for archaeological research. 

I specialize in archaeology and more specifically in the archaeology of ancient Mesoamerica. My excavation and fieldwork experience includes Native American rock shelters in northeastern Ohio, the Johnson's Island Civil War Officers Prison site, and ancient households and ceremonial mounds in the highlands of central Mexico including the great city of Teotihuacan.

My research interests include: Mesoamerica, highland Mexico, ancient economies, household archaeology, lithic technologies, ritual, religion, and archaeology in the media.

My dissertation project in Mexico was funded by grants and awards from Boston University and the National Science Foundation.  Click here to learn about David's Stone Tools Project​

Boston University recently published a science news feature on my team's work at the Tlajinga Barrio, Teotihuacan led by Dr. David Carballo. There are several short videos and stories that feature several archaeologists including me. Research at Teotihuacan 2013-2015​

I also specialize in the study of stone tools through flint knapping experiments and high power use-wear analysis. I include obsidian tool making demonstrations in my classes and teach students how to do it too!

I recently obtained funding from LSSC to conduct a laboratory analysis season in Mexico (summer 2017) in order to expand my collection of tool use experiments. I have also secured research funding with colleagues at Dartmouth College to analyze stone tools from the central Mexican sites of Altica and Otumba in future seasons.

I believe in teaching the core methods and theories of anthropology but also showing students how to apply anthropological knowledge and skills to different sectors of the broader non-academic workforce. Taking one of my classes will enhance your outlook on the world and improve your abilities to work with others in any working environment or specialized field.

You can find me on campus as a faculty advisor for the Humanities Preservation Society (a.k.a. the Humanities Club). We organize several field trips to cultural destinations around central Florida, and we would love to have you as a fellow member! Past trips included Hoggetowne Medieval Faires (Gainesville), St. Augustine, and Miami.

Check out my syllabus section and feel free to email me ( with any questions that you may have about the courses or anthropology in general.

Walton, David P.
  2017 "The Production, Consumption, and Function of Stone Tools in Prehispanic Central Mexico: A Comparative         Study of Households Spanning the Formative to Postclassic Period." ​Ph.D. diss., Boston University. ProQuest             Dissertations and Theses.

Walton, David P.
  2017   Lithic Production and Consumption Patterns from the Great Platform at Late Postclassic                                  Period (A.D. 1350-1525) Tzintzuntzan, Mexico. Journal of Field Archaeology 42(2):97-114.

Walton, David P., and David M. Carballo
  2016  Lithic Economies and Community Organization at La Laguna, Tlaxcala. Ancient Mesoamerica 27:109-132.

Carballo, David M., Luis Barba, Agustín Ortiz, Jorge Blancas, Nicole Cingolani, Jorge H. Toledo Barrera, David Walton, Isabel Rodríguez López, and Lourdes Couoh
   2014    Suprahousehold Consumption and Community Ritual at La Laguna, Mexico. Antiquity 88:141-159.

​SUMMER OFFICE HOURS (None, Conducting Field Research in Mexico)

              Leesburg Campus LA 16                                South Lake Campus by arrangement             

             Mondays:                                                            Tuesdays: 

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                       Sun Pyramid at Teotihuacan          David Knapping Obsidian at the Sierra de las Navajas Mines