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 (ko͝or-gän′, -găn′)
1. A type of tumulus or barrow characteristic of a culture located on the steppes of southern Russia about 5000 bc and later spreading to the Danube, northern Europe, and northern Iran from around 3500 bc.
2. Kurgan
a. The culture that produced these tumuli or barrows.
b. A member of the people or peoples sharing this culture. The earliest Kurgans are considered by some to be speakers of Proto-Indo-European.

[Russian, fortified place, grave mound, from Old Turkic kurghan, fortified place.]

Kur·gan′ adj.
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(Russian kurˈɡan)
(Placename) a city in W Russia, on the Tobol River: industrial centre for an agricultural region. Pop: 344 000 (2005 est)
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(kʊərˈgɑn, -ˈgæn)

an ancient burial mound constructed over a pit grave: earliest occurrence 4th millennium b.c., in the Russian Steppes.
[1885–90; < Russian kurgán burial mound < Turkic]


(kʊərˈgɑn, -ˈgæn)

a city in the S Russian Federation in Asia, near the Ural Mountains. 354,000.
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Research of kurgan mounds has been started in recent years.
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His technologically advanced people have oppressed the Kurgan, whose goddess does not seem to provide safety or consolation.
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The excavations were carried outin the territory of Gushgara municipality in Goygol, near the Heydar Aliyev Park in Ganja city, in the right sideof the Shamkir Ganja highway, left sideof the Guru Gobu, kurgan (burial mound) type tombs in the Gushgara municipality.
Issues of establishing economic cooperation between Kurgan region of Russia and Uzbekistan were discussed at the meeting between Deputy Governor of Kurgan region, Director of the Department of the Economic Development, Trade and Labor of Kurgan region Igor Ksenofontov and representatives of the state joint stock foreign trade company Uzinterimpeks