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backplate
CATEGORY: artifact
DEFINITION: Plate armor protecting the back; worn as part of a cuirass
breastplate
CATEGORY: artifact
DEFINITION: A piece of armor covering the chest
catch-plate
CATEGORY: artifact
DEFINITION: Curved metal plate which holds the pin of a brooch in place, similar to that employed in a modern safety-pin.
continental plates
CATEGORY: geology
DEFINITION: Giant slabs of the Earth's crust which are believed to move slowly in relation to each other. An example of a continental plate is the North American Plate, which includes North America as well as the oceanic crust between it and a portion of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The other type of plate is oceanic.
Pasemah Plateau
SYNONYMS OR RELATED TERMS: Pasemah
CATEGORY: site
DEFINITION: A plateau in southern Sumatra with a series of impressive prehistoric megalithic monuments -- massive slab graves and a rich collection of life-sized anthropomorphic carvings. The large stones are roughly carved into the shape of animals, such as the buffalo and elephant, and human figures -- some with swords, helmets, and ornaments and some apparently carrying drums. They are stylistically similar to those of Iron Age burials of the last centuries BC, and remote connections with the Dong Son culture of northern Vietnam and the megalithic cultures of south India are likely.
Pasteurs des Plateaux
CATEGORY: culture
DEFINITION: The general name for the Late Neolithic and Copper Age peoples who lived on the uplands of Languedoc, southern France, c 2500 BC, and who made pottery of the Ferrières and Fontbouisse styles.
plate
SYNONYMS OR RELATED TERMS: platter
CATEGORY: artifact
DEFINITION: A shallow vessel whose height is not greater than one-seventh of its diameter.
plate armor
SYNONYMS OR RELATED TERMS: plate armour
CATEGORY: artifact
DEFINITION: Protective armor in the form of sheet iron fittings (metal plates) tailored to the shape of the body and strapped in position. This type of armor was current in the 15th-16th century AD Europe. The knights of the European Middle Ages wore this armor composed of large steel or iron plates that were linked by loosely closed rivets and by internal leathers to allow the wearer maximum freedom of movement.
Sheffield plate
CATEGORY: artifact
DEFINITION: Copper plated with silver, especially as produced in Sheffield from 1760 to 1840.
spacer plate
SYNONYMS OR RELATED TERMS: spacer-plate
CATEGORY: artifact
DEFINITION: A specialized flat bead with several parallel perforations intended to hold apart in regular order the threads of a multiple strand necklace. Sometimes, as in the amber multi-perforated spacer plates of the central European and British Bronze Age and the Mycenaeans, the perforations themselves are used decoratively. They were also made of jet or faience. Similar examples found in distant regions are often taken as indicators of long range trade.

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