Ancient Egyptian statue spooks British museum

2013-06-25 08:11

Spooky statue

2013-06-25 07:40

A British museum cannot explain rotation of ancient Egyptian statue. WATCH

Manchester – Ancient Egyptian artifacts are shrouded in tales of what seems like a supernatural Age, very different from the one we live in.

So you can imagine how spooked staff of the Manchester History Museum in England are after discovering that a 4000-year-old relic made as an offering to the Egyptian god of death Osiris had starting moving on its own. The statue of Neb Senu is seen slowly turning around inside its case without any apparent assistance from the outside world in this time lapse video.

Found in a mummy's tomb some 80 years ago, the statue has been kept encased at the museum ever since.

Campbell Price who oversees the piece was the first one to notice the strange phenomenon. He found the statue askew, reset it, but then found it askew again the following day.

Price told the Daily Mail, "In Ancient Egypt they believed that if the mummy is destroyed then the statuette can act as an alternative vessel for the spirit," Price, and Egyptologist by trade, told the Manchester Evening News. "Maybe that is what is causing the movement."

While other experts think it might be differential friction, where two surfaces — in this case the statue's stone and the glass shelf - causing a subtle vibration which is makes it move.

Add to this foot traffic or vibrations from the street outside and you could have a workable theory they said, but Price is not buying it.

"It has been on those surfaces since we have had it and it has never moved before," he said.

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