Polykopa* Aegean Ships
One of the greatest moments in the human history was his opening to the sea, the unbounded kingdom of Poseidon. Hesiodus says that the first ships were constructed in Aigina, while Dionysius the Carchedonian gives this honor to Egyptians. The proper region for their evolution was the Aegean Sea. Archaeologists know that from the 3rd millennium BC, the primitive Cycladic ships travel till Cyprus, so as to transport the precious copper, the metal that characterizes the ages between 3.000 and 1.100 BC. Other ships travel to Milos, transporting the volcanic glass that is used in the construction of tools.
The beautiful representations of big enough polikopa* ships, who adorn the so-called griddle-shape. Cycladic earthen implements, is an undoubted evidence about the fact that from 2.800 to 2.300 BC, the shipbuilding in the Aegean area evolved rapidly. In this time, sea roads were created, which were densely allotted in the island group of Cyclades. Goods, technology and civilization were also transported.
The ships are capable of containing at least 15 oarsmen. It is not possible for us to distinguish the details of the way of assembling the beams of the hull in the representations, and for decades, the experts were arguing whether the decorative "little fish" was indicating the prow or the stern. Lately, they probably agree that the little fish indicates the stern and that the prow is sharp, with the expansion of the keel to stand out, as if it is a precursor of the ram.
These ships are, undoubtedly, hulls that can develop great speed/velocity and the "embryonic ram" (Greek: "εμβρυακό έμβολο", spelled "hemvriako hemvoloh") intended to improve their hydrodynamics. There is a possibility that the side beams of the skinning are stitched, as it is shown by evidences that we have from the Greek ships found recently in Marseille and dated to 600 BC.
*Polykopa: (ships with many rows)