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The very heart of lake Baikal
The great, ancient island Olkhon is another famous place on the lake. A lot of scientists, archeologists, historians and geologists have tried to solve its mysteries.

More than 1000 years ago mysterious Kurykans lived here. They were cattle-breeders of the Iron age and left fortress walls on Olkhon. One hypothesis is that Kurykans were ancestors of two Siberian peoples: the Yakuts and Buryats.