9906753 was the identifying number used on the crate that held the Ark of the Covenant in the cavernous warehouse of Hangar 51 from 1936.


After it was retrieved by the US government following its discovery by Indiana Jones and later use by René Belloq and Dietrich in 1936, the Ark of the Covenant was placed in a crate and taken to the government warehouse known as Hangar 51 in Nevada.

The full text stenciled on the crate read:

ARMY INTEL 9906753

In the 1950s, Jones discovered the location of the crate at the hangar, and wrote in his journal that he might want to return to see it, and sketched a drawing of the box, though got the number wrong[1].

Α similar box with a slightly different serial number: 9906573 was also kept in Hanger 51 and contained the remains of a being found at the Roswell crash.

In 1957, while attempting to reclaim the Roswell remains being stolen by Irina Spalko, Jones crashed his truck into crate 9906753, but didn't have time to see the Ark inside.

Behind the scenesEdit

After the crate's appearance in Raiders of the Lost Ark, references to either the crate itself, or having a valuable treasure locked away in an anonymous crate sealed in a giant crate-filled warehouse appeared in other movies, television shows, and video games.

When the crate is being prepared, the 'Top Secret' sign is shown to be printed on the crate across vertically laid planks. However, when the Warehouseman is transporting it in the next shot, the sign appears slanted across horizontally laid planks.

The number 990 6753 can be found in the queuing area for Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye at Disneyland.

While in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Indiana Jones isn't shown to have noticed the Ark inside its broken open crate, other sources including the film's novelization depict Indy seeing the artifact during his flight from the warehouse but the archaeologist doesn't have time to stop and examine it more.



Notes and referencesEdit

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