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Objects for the afterlife

Burying the dead in pit graves was a common practice. There are graves with simple offerings, and others with abundant objects that denote social differentiation. The graves could be located beneath houses, temples, altars, or in separate spaces adjacent to their settlements.

Through these sculptures, figurines, and clay models, we learn about their daily life and their conception of the human body, gender, and age. They depicted infants, adults, and the elderly with nose and ear ornaments, facial and body paint, tattoos, scarifications, and cranial modifications. The placement of these figures in the graves can have several connotations: as protective beings, ancestors, companions for the journey to the afterlife, and representations of daily life that they believed would continue in the afterlife.