Keys to the Past

Glossary

Palisade

Palisades are large wooden defensive fences. The posts usually have dug foundations, and the ends may be sharpened. They were often built to keep out wild animals, as well as human attackers. They were sometimes placed around Iron Age settlements and continued to be used until the medieval period, after which defences were no longer needed. All that remains for the archaeologist is usually the foundation trench.

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