On the territory of the Ust-Abakansky district of the Republic of Khakassia there is a museum "Ancient burial mounds of the Salbyk steppe" founded in 2007. The open-air museum complex includes unique monuments of historical and cultural heritage, the most famous of which are the Great Salbyk Mound, the Barsuchy Log Mound and the Gates to the Salbyk valley.
The monument of federal importance, the Great Salbyk Mound, is located in the so-called Valley of the Tsars, in a place hosting a large number of ancient burial places for the nobility of the Tagar period. The landscape of the area is amazing, as there are huge mounds and endless, almost flat steppe. Before the excavations carried out by S.V. Kiselev in 1952-1954, the Salbyk mound was a grandiose hill 11 meters high, visible from a distance of more than 10 kilometers. At the time of construction, the height of the mound was about 30 meters, and the stone fence measured 70 * 70 meters and was made of stones weighing up to 100 tons! Hundreds of people took part in the construction of the Salbyk mound, involving unknown technologies for sawing and moving huge blocks.
Undoubtedly, the Great Salbyk Mound was created for a very powerful person. The long-term work of people was aimed at one goal - to create a tomb of incredible size for a man who was more powerful than anyone 2500 years ago.
The second most important of the objects of the museum is the Barsuchy Log Mound. According to scientists, it was created in the III-IIcc. BC, in the late Tagar period. The excavations of the mound, carried out by a joint expedition of Saint0Petersburg and German scientists in 2004-2006, became a great event in the archaeological science of Khakassia. For the first time, the design features of such historical monuments were studied, and the image of Tagar life and ritual features were supplemented.
In addition to carefully protected historical monuments, the museum has an exposition yurt, which presents objects illustrating the life and culture of the Tagar people (VII-IIIcc. BC), photographs and graphic images illustrating the history of excavations and excerpts from scientific literature, a model reconstruction of the burial mound structure.
Link to the website: http://salbyk.rh.muzkult.ru/