Ship of Thera The earliest representation of Early Bronze Age vessel date from the 3rd millennium B.C. and their provenance are the Cyclades islands and Crete. Several long ships with a large number of oars are represented, incised, on the so-called “frying pans”. These are earthenware, rounded, with a shallow rims and their use is still a matter of controversy among archaeologists. They are dated from 2.800 to 2.300 B.C.