The Grave Tumulus of Barsuchy Log

It is well known as Scythian elite burial. The grave tumulus of Barsuchy Log is a large kurgan from the Early Iron Age in the Minusinsk Basin, which is surrounded by the mountain ranges of the Eastern and Western Sajan and the Kuzneckij Alatau. The tumulus is located in a wide steppe valley,45 km northwest of Abakan, capital of the Republic of Khakassia.

The excavations and surveys took place in 2003-2006. This project was carried out by German Archaeological Institute archaeologists, scientists of the Institute of Geophysics of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Novosibirsk, and specialists of the Eastern Atlas Meyer & Ullrich GbR in Berlin.

Kurgan in Barsuchy Log is the second royal tomb of Scythian material culture that had been excavated here for the last 50 years.

Stones of different sizes lying one on another form the enclosure of about 55 x 55 m including an entrance on the eastern side - features which are characteristic of the Saragas phase of the Tagar culture. The investigations indicated that the kurgan had been built out of grass sods, while its outer coat consisted of orange-red blocks of loam. Thus it would have been visible in the steppe from afar as a pyramid of reddish colour. Two platforms separated by an entrance way arose beneath the pyramid.



Departure point: the camping site “Delor” in Shira village

Itinerary: Shira village – The grave tumulus of Barsuchy Log 120 km by bus

Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

For groups of: 12 persons

Available: all the year round


FROM: 139.00 EUR

The Grave Tumulus Of Barsuchy Log

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