The Lost Tulli Papyrus

Tulli Papyrus

The Tulli Papyrus is a mysterious Egyptian document which is believed to have been found in 1933 by Alberto Tulli, who was a director of the Egyptian section of the Vatican museum at the time. He discovered the papyrus in an antique shop in Cairo but didn’t have enough money to buy it, so he just copied the contents of the ancient document.

Two decades later, An Italian nobleman, Prince Boris de Rachewiltz, claimed to have found the original papyrus and made a translation of it, although there were some gaps in the text. Rachewiltz was a well-known scholar and it is improbable that he had made a forgery. But the fact that the text describes “fiery discs” or “circles of fire” caused a lot of controversy, especially in the Vatican, which denies having in possession either copy made by Alberto Tulli. So, we are left only with translations of the alleged mysterious document.


Here’s a translated version of the Tulli Papyrus:

„In the year 22, of the third month of winter, sixth hour of the day […] among the scribes of the House of Life it was found that a strange Fiery Disk was coming in the sky. It had no head. The breath of its mouth emitted a foul odor. 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.

After several days had passed, they became more numerous in the sky than ever. They shined in the sky more than the brightness of the sun, and extended to the limits of the four supports of heaven […] Powerful was the position of the Fiery Disks.

The army of the King looked on, with His Majesty in their midst. It was after the evening meal when the Disks ascended even higher in the sky to the south. Fish and other volatiles rained down from the sky: a marvel never before known since the foundation of the country. And His Majesty caused incense to be brought to appease the heart of Amun-Re, the god of the Two Lands. And it was [ordered] that the event [be recorded for] His Majesty in the Annals of the House of Life [to be remembered] forever.”


The text allows for countless interpretations, however, the description fits pretty well that of the modern UFO phenomena. The text does not mention whether a contact was established with the fiery discs, but it’s interesting to think that an alien civilization was interested in the Egyptian Empire while it was at its height.

The Tulli Papyrus will remain a mystery until the original document is found. Until then, we can only speculate, but one thing is for sure – this is not the only ancient artifact describing visitations from space.