- a circular burial mound constructed over a pit grave and often containing grave vessels, weapons, and the bodies of horses as well as a single human body; originally in use in the Russian Steppes but later spreading into eastern, central, and northern Europe in the third millennium b.c.
Origin of kurgan
- a city in the S Russian Federation in Asia, near the Ural Mountains.
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Historical Examples of kurgan
These people buried their dead in barrows, or kurgans, and for this reason they have been called Kurgan people.
Sergi states that it varies from 65 to 81, but it seems likely that among his collection of kurgan skulls are some of other types.
- a city in W Russia, on the Tobol River: industrial centre for an agricultural region. Pop: 344 000 (2005 est)
Word Origin and History for kurgan
1889, from Russian, originally a Tatar word.