The classical town of Rhypai, mentioned by Pausanias directly before Aegion (7.6.1) is usually located near the village of Koúmari on the hill called Trapeza about 7 km. southwest of Aegion. It was razed to the ground by Emperor Augustus, and its inhabitants were deported to Patras to boost the population of that city. Excavations from 1996 have exposed the ruins of a huge Doric temple, now covered to protect the remains from extreme temperature differences. Particularly interesting are the bronze or lead cleats that the Greeks used to hold the enormous blocks of foundations together.