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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.