A palisade, sometimes called a stakewall or a paling, is typically a row of closely placed, high vertical standing tree trunks or wooden or iron stakes used as a fence for enclosure or as a defensive wall. Palisades can form a stockade.Etymology
Palisade derives from pale, from the Latin word , meaning stake, specifically when used side by side to create a wood defensive wall.Typical construction
Typical construction consisted of small or mid-sized tree trunks aligned vertically, with as little free space in between as possible. The trunks were sharpened or pointed at the top, and were driven into the ground and sometimes reinforced with additional construction. The height of a palisade ranged from around a metre to as high as 3–4 m. As a defensive structure, palisades were often used in conjunction with earthworks.Palisades were an excellent option for small forts or other hastily constructed fortifications. Since they were made of wood, they could often
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