It is widely considered to be the first identifiable [[Slavic peoples|Slavic]] archaeological culture. It is contemporaneous to (and located mostly just to the north of) the [[Chernyakhov culture]], which corresponds to the multi-ethnic [[Goths|Gothic]] kingdom, [[Oium]], that was established in south-western [[Ukraine]] in the second century and ended by the invasion of the [[Huns]] in late fourth century. The Gothic historian [[Jordanes]] mentions the subjugation of the Slavic people by the Goths in [[The origin and deeds of the Goths]]: the location of the Kiev culture (which in places overlaps with the Chernyakhovo culture) matches his text well.
culture c. 200 AD]]
Settlements are found mostly along river banks, frequently either on high cliffs or right by the edge of rivers. The dwellings are overwhelmingly of the semi-subterranean type (common also in later Slavic cultures and similar to earlier Germanic and Celtic types of dwellings), often square (about four by four meters), with an open hearth in a corner. Most villages consist of just a handful of dwellings. There is very little evidence of the division of labor, although in one case a village belonging to the Kiev culture was preparing thin strips of antlers to be further reworked into the well-known Gothic antler combs, in a nearby Chernyakhov culture village.
The Kiev culture ends its existence with the invasion of the Huns, and after a turbulent period in European history, its descendants—the Slavic [[Prague-Korchak]], [[Antes (people)|Penkovo]] and [[Kolochino]] cultures—are re-established in the sixth century in Eastern Europe. There is, however, a substantial disagreement in the scientific community over the identity of the Kiev culture's predecessors, with some historians and archaeologists tracing it directly from the [[Milograd culture]], others, from the [[Chernoles culture]] (the Scythian farmers of [[Herodotus]]) through the [[Zarubintsy culture]], still others (mostly Polish) through both the [[Przeworsk culture]] and the Zarubintsy culture.