10 June 1999
SHAHR-E REYY, Tehran Iranian archeologists launched excavation operations on the
ancient hill of `Meel', known as `Rey Fire Temple' on Varamin road, southwest of
Tehran, Tuesday. Head of the team Ms. Zarrintaj Sheibani said that current
excavations, third in the past 80 years, will reveal secrets of the hill for
archeologists. She said the `Meel' protected zone covers an area of two hectares
of land, adding that plaster works discovered during excavations indicate a rich
civilization and architecture of its time.
Sheibani regretted that no archeological map had remained from previous
archaelogical teams and thus, she added, all excavation operations should be
launched from the very beginning. However, she predicted that remarkable results
will be achieved in operations within the next month. The ancient `Meel' which
is situated in the township of Reyy, 10 km southwest of Tehran, is a protected
historical site which dates back to some 2500 years ago.