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- This page refers to ancient Asine of Argolis. For other cities under the same name look at Asine (disambiguation)
In 740 BC, the Argives destroyed the city because its citizens had helped the Spartans in their war against Argos. After the destruction, its citizens left and established the city of Asine in Messenia upon land that was given to them by the Spartans. Excavations made from 1922 by Swedish archaeologists led by Axel W Persson (and involving the then Crown Prince Gustav Adolf of Sweden) found the acropolis of ancient Asine surrounded by a Cyclopean wall (much modified in the Hellenistic era) and a Mycenaean era necropolis with many Mycenaean chamber tombs containing skeletal remains and grave goods. Excavations have continued since the 1920s almost continuously under the Swedish Institute in Athens. The site was last used as a fortified position by Italian troops during the second world war when machine gun nests were built.