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A type of tumulus or barrow characteristic of a culture located on the steppes of southern Russia about 5000 B.
The culture that produced these tumuli or barrows.
A member of the people or peoples sharing this culture.
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|a prehistoric burial mound of a type found in southern Russia and Ukraine.|
|A type of tumulus or barrow characteristic of a culture located on the steppes of southern Russia about 5000 B.C. and later spreading to the Danube, northern Europe, and northern Iran from around 3500 B.C.|
|The culture that produced these tumuli or barrows.|
|A member of the people or peoples sharing this culture. The earliest Kurgans are considered by some to be speakers of Proto-Indo-European.|
|A prehistoric burial mound of a type found in southern Russia and Ukraine.|
|Relating to the ancient Kurgans.|
|A city in central Russia, commercial centre for an agricultural region population 324,100 (est. 2008).|
In English, the archaeological term kurgan (Russian: ) is a loanword from East Slavic languages (and, indirectly, from Turkic languages), equivalent to the archaic English term barrow, also known by the Latin loanword tumulus and terms such as burial mound. These are structures created by heaping earth and stones over a burial chamber, which is often made of wood. The term kurgan is the standard term for such structures in the context of Central European, Northern European, Eastern European and Central Asian archaeology.|
* The noun (Kurgán) is first attested in Old East Slavic , which borrowed the word from an unidentified Turkic language or languages. The modern Turkish word is kurgan, which means "fortress" or "burial mound". Following its use in Soviet archaeology, the word is now widely used for tumuli in the context of archaeology.
* The earliest kurgans date to the 4th millennium BC in the Caucasus and are associated with the Indo-Europeans. Kurgans were built in the Eneolithic, Br