One of the earliest and most fascinating cultures of the ancient Mediterranean, was the Minoan Culture of Bronze Age Crete (2000-1500 BC). Their art was highly evolved and displayed a love of animal, sea, and plant life, which was used to decorate frescoes , pottery, jewelry, stone vessels, and sculpture. The artists and craftsmen were very skilled and created their own unique art that had a lasting influence on other cultures. They thrived for several thousand years and then mysteriously died out, leaving their language to yet be deciphered. The roots of Greek, Roman and later European Culture can be traced back to Crete during the Minoan era.