The site is on a steep
hill overlooking a valley between Tripolis and Megalopolis. Remains of a circuit wall around the top of the hill
and of two spur walls which surround a lower town at E
are dated to mid 3d c. B.C. Some houses belong to the
Hellenistic period. One of them is of the Priene type,
previously known only outside of Greece. The Hellenistic
site seems to have existed into the 1st c. B.C. Ancient
sources mention an Asea also during the Classical period,
but this town must have lain somewhere else in the valley. Immediately below the Hellenistic stratum on the
hill are the remains of a Middle Helladic settlement,
which ceased at a time corresponding to the transition
between MH II and MH III.
Xen., Hell. 6.5
, 11, 15; 7.5.5; Paus.
; E. J. Holmberg, The Swedish Excavations at Asea
E. J. HOLMBERG