The Contribution of Petras Tarasenka to the Knowledge of Lithuanian Hillforts
Keywords:Petras Tarasenka, hillforts, archaeology, archaeological research, cultural heritage protection, fiction literature
Abstract. The aim of this article is to evaluate the contribution of Lithuanian archaeologist, military officer, and writer Petras Tarasenka (1892–1962) to the exploration of hillforts. It reveals the methods employed by Tarasenka to make hillforts culturally significant heritage sites within society. The article is based on the latest historiography, archival data, and analysis of Tarasenka’s fictional works. Historical, analytical, descriptive, statistical, and content analysis
methods were employed in its preparation. Three interrelated directions within Tarasenka’s work in the field of hillfort exploration are distinguished: data collection and protection, research, and popularisation. The article uncovers how Tarasenka’s approach to hillforts can apply to other forms of heritage.
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