kurgan definition

  • noun:
    • a form of tumulus or barrow characteristic of a culture on the steppes of southern Russia about 5000 B.C. and soon after dispersing towards the Danube, north European countries, and north Iran from about 3500 B.C.
    • The culture that produced these tumuli or barrows.
    • a part of the people or peoples revealing this culture. The initial Kurgans are thought by some become speakers of Proto-Indo-European.
    • A prehistoric burial mound when utilized by individuals in Siberia and Central Asia.

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