Some 3000 Scythian barrows had been discovered in the steppes of the Northern Black Sea coast from the mid 18th-century to 1990. 500-600 have been discovered in the 1980's alone. Modern analysis tends to postulate earlier dates for these tumuli, so that most are now seen as of the 4th c. B.C. or earlier, whilst 3rd century B.C. Datings are accepted for only very few. Included in this survey are accounts of recent excavations at Chertomlyk, the Oguz royal barrow, the 4th-c. tumulus at Taraso-Grigoryevka, the Peredrieva Mogila tumulus near Zrubnoye, the tumulus near Bratolyubovka as well as some Sarmatian sites.