The ancient Asine was already inhabited at the beginning of the Bronze Age and experienced a bloom in the Mycenaean period up to the geometric time, and is mentioned by Homeros. According to Pausanias 4.8.8, the city of Asine was occupied by the Argivers, one generation before the first Messenian War, around 770 BC.
Excavations by the Swedish Archaeological Institute in the 1930s did not uncover any finds, but more recent excavations have yielded burial finds from the 6th century, suggesting that part of the population may have been left behind as Argos subjects , while the largest part has moved to Messenia. In the Hellenistic period (from 300 BC) the city was inhabited again. The remains of the city walls (with a tower and a gate) also date from this period, but were also reused in the Middle Ages and later.