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Kurgan Oblast

Kurgan Babii Bugor

Курган Бабий бугор
Третьякова Юля

Babii Bugor is one of the few «royal» kurgans (burial mounds) in the Trans-Urals. It has been known since the 18th century. It is named after the nearby Lake Babie. According to legend, the lake was inhabited by pelicans that were called «babas.»

The first reference to the kurgan «by Lake Babie, where silver horse harnesses were found» was in 1786, according to P. S. Pallas. I.P. Falk, who calls the kurgan «Chogla», gives the same time and provide more complete information. He also mentions «dug graves» around the kurgan. In 1824, the journal «Notes of the Fatherland» published an article about Babii Bugor. Historians and archaeologists continued to explore the area in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Babii Bugor is a mound of about 80 meters in diameter and 10 meters high. There is a large cavity in the center and predatory pits around it. It is surrounded by a circular trench with a width of 4.5 meters.

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Address: Kurgan oblast, Kurtamyshsky district

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