This volume opens Series 2 of the "Palafitte" series dedicated to the publication of studies and update pictures on the research conducted by the University of Milan at Lavagnone (Desenzano del Garda - Lonato, Brescia), one of the 111 registered pile-dwelling villages in the Unesco world heritage site "Prehistoric pile-dwelling sites of the Alpine arc". For almost 1000 years, from the Ancient Bronze to the Middle and Recent Bronze Age, the Lavagnone basin has been the site of several settlements, some of which are pile dwellings, preserved in the archaeological record thanks to the anoxic sedimentation conditions that preserve the wooden elements of the settlement structures and a wide range of organic remains for dendrochronological, paleo-economic and paleo environmental studies. It is a reference context for the knowledge of the culture of Polada and the Bronze Age in the southern Alpine area, comparable to a buried archive through which to reconstruct the evolution of cultural aspects and man-environment interaction along an exceptionally long time scale . The volume is dedicated to the materials of the Early Bronze Age that fall within the so-called horizon of Lavagnone 3, related to a pile dwelling with plinth foundations, identified and described by Renato Perini (1981, 1988). This complex, previously known on the basis of a limited number of published finds, has been increased through the excavations of the Statale directed by prof. Raffaele C. de Marinis between 1989 and 2006; it is therefore possible to present it in more detail and propose its attribution to the Ancient Bronze Age IB (Bronzezeit A 2-a).