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  • noun Plural form of kurgan.


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  • These include ancient burial mounds (kurgans), carved stone steles and rock drawings in the southern part of the Yamaalig massif; also evidence of more recent occupation by Buddhist monasteries and the military.

    Uvs Nuur Basin, Russian Federation, Republic of Tuva and Mongolia 2008

  • With the map as a reference, I did a little messing around with Google Earth and produced placemarks for Turfan now Turpan and my guess at where Rudenko excavated the kurgans.

    Sphinxes 2006

  • The number of these kurgans in the Altai Aimag or province of Bayaan Olgii is hard to believe.

    Mummies, Kurgans, Balbals 2006

  • The number of these kurgans in the Altai Aimag or province of Bayaan Olgii is hard to believe.

    Archive 2006-08-01 2006

  • The Yamnaya culture, named for its characteristic burials in rectangular pits (yama is Russian for pit) beneath kurgans or mounds, is found throughout the steppe north of the Caspian and Black seas and west of the Ural River.

    Cudgel Culture 2002

  • In 1998, we excavated one of these great kurgans in the Altai Mountains of eastern Kazakhstan.

    Scythian Steeds 2002

  • It was also an essential companion in the afterlife and the elite could expect to be buried in large mounds, or kurgans, along with several sacrificed horses.

    Scythian Steeds 2002

  • By analyzing soil, pollen, and animal remains from four Bronze Age kurgans, or burial mounds, on the north Caucasus steppe, a team of scientists led by archaeologist Natalia Shishlina of the State History Museum in Moscow has been able to reconstruct the annual life-cycle of Bronze Age nomadic herdsmen in the region.

    Summer Sacrifice 2001

  • The Russian empress was so impressed with the exquisite artifacts being unearthed from the enormous Scythian burial mounds, or kurgans, that pepper the steppe of southern Russia and Ukraine that she ordered their systematic study.

    At the Museums: All that Glitters is Scythian 2000

  • The embracing couple, found within a rectangular wooden chamber in the earliest levels of one of the two original kurgans, had been placed on a woven straw mat decorated with meanders, zig-zags, and concentric circles painted in red ocher.

    Caucasus Kurgan Cache 2000


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