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​                                                                                           ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​David Walton

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Mesoamerican Archaeologist and Faculty Member at LSSC

The College of Wooster: B.A. Archaeology, 2009

Boston University: Ph.D. Archaeology, 2017

Three course offerings 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*

The five subfields of anthropology (cultural, linguistics, applied, physical, and archaeology) are explored in ANT 2000 through case studies from around the world. ANT 2000 involves class discussion and debate as students share personal 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. 

Dr. Walton believes 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 his classes will enhance your outlook on the world and improve your abilities to work with others in any working environment or specialized field.

Dr. Walton's 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.

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

His 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 published a science news feature on the team's work at the Tlajinga Barrio, Teotihuacan led by Dr. David Carballo: Research at Teotihuacan 2013-2015​

Dr. Walton also specializes in the study of stone tools through flint knapping experiments and high power use-wear analysis. He includes obsidian tool making demonstrations and lessons in classes for students.

He recently obtained funding from LSSC to conduct a laboratory analysis season in Mexico (summer 2017) in order to expand his collection of obsidian tool use experiments. He has 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.

During fall and spring semesters, you can find him on campus as a faculty advisor for the Humanities Preservation Society (a.k.a. the Humanities Club). The club organizes several field trips to cultural destinations around central Florida. Past trips included Hoggetowne Medieval Faires (Gainesville), St. Augustine, and Miami.


Publications
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.


​FALL OFFICE HOURS

              Leesburg Campus LA 16                                South Lake Campus by arrangement             

             Mondays: 2:00-5:00                                             Tuesdays: 12:30-2:30

             Wednesdays: 2:00-5:00                                        Thursdays: 12:30-2:30

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