The domestication of the horse took place in Southern Russia and the Ukraine during the fourth millenium, and more specifically at the Dereivka site. During the Early Bronze Age the domesticated horse became a familiar feature of the Near Eastern, Central and North European societies. It was brought to Greece at the beginning of’ the Middle Bronze Age. Remains of horses have been excavated at several sites in Greece, such as Lerna, Marathon, Archanes and elsewhere, proving the important role the horse played in the Greek economy of the Late Bronze Age.