By far the most common finds can be dated to the late Bronze Age, in the period between 1200 and 900 BC. Surprisingly, remains of buildings from this early period, which formed part of the earliest fortifications on the fortress plateau, were also recorded. As defence for one section, a trench for palisades was maintained, dug into the rock and hence blocking the southern outcrop of the plateau (image 1). The late Bronze Age palisade trenches mark the start of the long history of the fortress complex on Ehrenbreitstein through until recently.
An additional focus are finds dating back to the Iron Age / Celtic Hunsrück–Eifel culture. An excellent find from this period is an almost complete, twisted bronze neck ring with a hook fastening (image 2). The many finds at this site point to a further hilltop fortified settlement in the Iron Age which stood here opposite the mouth of the Moselle from the 7th century BC.