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:
- TOP SECRET
- ARMY INTEL 9906753
- DO NOT OPEN!
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.
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.
The number 990 6753 can be found in the queuing area for Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye at Disneyland.
A crate with the serial number 9906753 also appears on Han Solo's smuggling ship in Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens.
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (First appearance)
- Raiders of the Lost Ark Storybook
- Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull