Bukan-V burial ground is located in Almaty Oblast, 6,5 km north-east of Uzynbulak Village in Raimbek District, 500 m north of the winter quarters. Archaeological site was researched by Almaty reconnaissance expedition of A.Margulan Institute of Archaeology in 2005. Burial complex is situated on the left bank of the stream in the foothills of northern slopes of Kuluktau Ridge.
Burial complex occupies the foothill plain elevation close by Bukan Gorge entrance. Necropolis consists of 4 barrows and 8 henges. The mounds are stretched to a line oriented from south-west to north-east. Embankments are built of earth and stone, fallen, flattened, with a stone ring encircling the basis, covered with turf. Diameters vary from 2 to 4 m, 0,1 - 0,3 m high.
Rectangular and square fences are made of large stone slabs installed vertically on the edge, and put in layers smoothed-down river boulders rising above the surface to 0,4 m. Dimensions of the fences vary from 2,5 x 2 m to 3 x 6 m. Twin fences are arranged in a common oval fence. Fallen stele shaped stones are found in some fences. One of these stones has engraved contours of a man’s face with Mongoloid features on its surface. The barrows are spread at distance of 20 to 54 m. Part of necropolis is damaged by construction works.
The burial ground marks the diffusion area of a certain tribal group of the Turkic period and defines the settling borders in the gorge. It is very important in the light of the fact that Kuluktau Ridge was the zone of accumulation of a number of Turkic tribes. Such burial complexes are rather common for northern slopes of exactly every large ridge entrance (Aksai, Uzynbulak, Zhylysai, etc.) with migration routes to summer pastures – zhailau.
Necropolis with burial in stone mounds and commemorative fences of the Turkic period are widely spread on the mountain plateau, in the foothills of Toraigyr and Ile Alatau Ridges. Such regularity lets us assume that Bukan Gorge was one of most populated territories in the Turkic period.