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Tulli Papyrus, an Ancient Egyptian Document Revealing Flying UFOs

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A Mystifying Text

Mystery and enigma have always been at the forefront of human beliefs. The human mind loves to dwell on things that border on the surreal that cannot be explained by day-to-day logic. And one such text that has been mystifying mankind for the last 90 years or so is as below.

“In the year 22, of the third month of winter, the sixth hour of the day among the scribes of the House of Life it was found that a "circle of fire" was coming in the sky. It had no head. The breath of its mouth emitted a foul odour. Its body was one rod in length and one rod in width. It had no voice. It came toward His Majesty's house. Their heart became confused through it, and they fell upon their bellies. They went to the king, to report it. His Majesty ordered that the scrolls located in the House of Life be consulted. His Majesty meditated on all these events which were now going on.”

This is no ordinary text. This text was written on a papyrus that described the sighting of a UFO of which the Egyptian pharaoh Thutmose III (1481 B.C. - 1425 B.C.) was a witness. Known as The Tulli Papyrus, the papyrus goes into great detail explaining the structure of the UFO, Its size, and its impact on the surrounding areas. The papyrus writer called it a “circle of fire”.

And the most interesting thing is that the ancient Egyptians were gifted astronomers with a deep knowledge of the skies and their various phenomena. So, it is highly unlikely that they would have mistaken a meteor or a shooting star for a “circle of fire”. In any case, the text mentions that the object did not fall from the sky but just remained there, growing bigger and bigger.

The question is, could this be the oldest evidence of alien existence we are searching for?

Ruins temple of Kom ombo Egyptian and pharaoh Thutmose III build for honor Sobek god

Ruins temple of Kom ombo Egyptian and pharaoh Thutmose III build for honor Sobek god

Alberto Tulli Spots the Papyrus

The story starts in 1933 with Alberto Tulli who was the Vatican Museum’s Egypt director working in Cairo. Once while walking through the bazaar, he passed an antique shop where he spotted a piece of ancient papyrus that appeared to date back to about 1480 B.C. He tried to buy it, but it was too expensive for him. So, he just sought permission to copy the contents and read it later at leisure.

What he read later blew off his mind. The papyrus described the story of “a circle of fire” that had descended in ancient Egypt during the reign of Egyptian pharaoh Thutmose III (1481 B.C. - 1425 B.C.).

As he read on, he had no doubt in his mind that what he was reading was one of the first, authentic written down sightings of aliens on earth. He rushed back to the shop to buy the papyrus at ‘any cost’ taking the Vatican authorities in confidence. But the papyrus had simply vanished.

Flying saucer sign among egypt hieroglyphs.

Flying saucer sign among egypt hieroglyphs.

The Mystery Persists

Two decades later, An Italian nobleman, Prince Boris de Rachewiltz, brought the papyrus into the limelight again when he supposedly found a torn version of the papyrus translation among papers left by Alberto Tulli.

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He later claimed that he had found the original papyrus and had made a translation of it, although there were some gaps in the text compared to Tulli’s text. But the fact that the text describes “fiery discs” or “circles of fire” caused a lot of controversies, especially in the Vatican, which still denies having the papyrus or Tulli’s original translation in its possession.

However, Alberto Tulli became a revered figure for the UFO research groups with many of them claiming the document as an undeniable source of the existence of extraterrestrial life. The controversial author Erich von Daniken also included the Tulli papyrus as credible evidence in his books that make claims about extraterrestrial influences on early human culture.

The Tulli papyrus soon became one of the oldest known human records in which a fleet of flying saucers is described in such vivid detail.

Aliens visiting an ancient Egyptian pyramid maze.

Aliens visiting an ancient Egyptian pyramid maze.

Is It a Fake?

In 1968, the U.S. Air Force commissioned an investigation into UFOs known as the Condon Report, and in it, Samuel Rosenberg and Edward Condon investigated the Tulli Papyrus. Samuel Rosenberg asked the Vatican for the original document to which he got the following reply:

“The Papyrus Tulli is not the property of the Vatican Museum. It has disappeared and is no longer traceable.”

They inquired after Tulli’s papers, only to learn that Tulli was not a professional Egyptologist. In addition, Rachewitz in a private correspondence admitted that he had never seen the original document, nor he had seen the original notes of Tulli.

So, in short, he had translated the text from a copy of Tulli’s text which may not really guarantee the authenticity of the papyrus. Later the Vatican Egyptologist, Gianfranco Nolli, told the condor committee that the whole thing was likely a hoax.

But question is, is it possible the original papyrus might be still existing in the Vatican Museum, hidden from people? If so, why? There are no credible answers to this question until now.

That said, in the absence of evidence, notably the unavailability of the original papyrus, the Tulli Papyrus will remain a mystery and fodder for speculations for the conspiracy theorists for the years to come.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Ravi Rajan

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