a Bronze Age archaeological culture of the forest-steppe region of the Right-bank Ukraine (11th to eighth centuries B.C.). It was named for the site of the first excavations in the Belogrudovo Forest near the village of Pikovtsy in the Uman’ Raion, Cherkassy Oblast. Belogrudovo culture is characterized by ashpits—barrow-like mounds containing ashes and various cultural remains. Some archaeologists think these mounds are sites of worship; others think they are remnants of surface dwellings. Semidugout dwellings have been discovered in the settlements of the Belogrudovo culture, as well as tools (mostly of stone, flint, and bone), bronze ornaments, and ceramics— tulip-shaped vessels, basins, buckets, and goblets. Some scholars identify the tribes of the culture with the proto-Slavic peoples; others identify them with the Thracians.
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Terenozhkin, O. I. “Poselenyia bilogrudyvs’kogo typu bilia Umani.” In the collection Arkheologiia, vol. 5. Kiev, 1951.