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packhorses


Horses, and ponies, often used to carry heavy loads, such as Galena
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paine


(1717-1789AD) An architect for working in the Palladian
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palaeochannel


This describes the former course of a river or other water course, which has been filled up and often buried by later soil sposits
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palaeolithic


The term for the Old Stone Age, the immensely long period of hunter-gatherers extending from the time when humans first evolved up to about 10,000 BC. In Britain, the earliest evidence of human activity dates from about 450,000 years ago, although there are long periods (of 100,000 years or more) when there appears to have been no human presence. T [..]
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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 tha [..]
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palladian; palladian style


An architectural style from the 1600s-1750sAD in Britain. This was a simple, but decorative, style named after Andrea Palladio of Italy. It is less detailed than Classical
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palstave


A type of axe made of bronze.
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palynology


The study of preserved pollen remains, which may give information on the environment surrounding a site.
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pant


Local dialect term for a water supply that may, or may not, be continuous.
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