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Ancient Egyptian statue has started MOVING sparking fears it has been struck by a ‘curse of the Pharaohs’

  • 10-inch tall relic, is an offering to  Egyptian God Osiris, God of the dead
  • It has been filmed on a time lapse,  seemingly spinning 180 degrees
  • TV physicist Brian Cox among the experts  being consulted on mystery
  • But some now believe there could be ‘spiritual explanation’ for turning statue

By  Amanda Williams

PUBLISHED: 03:10 EST, 23  June 2013 |  UPDATED: 05:46 EST, 23 June 2013

It sounds like the something from the script  of a Hollywood action adventure.

But the ‘mystery of the moving mummy’   –  which has seen an Egyptian  statue mysteriously start to spin round in a display case – has  spooked museum bosses.

The 10-inch tall relic, an offering to the  Egyptian God Osiris, was found in a mummy’s tomb and has been at the Manchester  Museum for 80 years.

But in recent weeks, curators have been left  scratching their heads after they kept finding it facing the wrong way. They now  believe there could be a ‘spiritual explanation’ for the turning statue.

Egyptologist Campbell Price studies an ancient Egyptian statuette at the Manchester Museum, which appears to be moving on its ownEgyptologist Campbell Price studies an ancient Egyptian  statuette at the Manchester Museum, which appears to be moving on its  own

It is believed that there is a curse of the  pharaohs which strikes anyone who dares to take relics from a pyramid tomb.

Experts decided to monitor the room on  time-lapse video and were astonished to see it clearly show the statuette  spinning 180 degrees – with nobody going near it.

The statue of a man named Neb-Senu is seen to  remain still at night but slowly rotate round during the day.

Now scientists are trying to explain the  phenomenon, with TV physicist Brian Cox among the experts being  consulted.

The 10-inch tall relic, which dates back to 1800 BC, has been at the museum for 80 years but curators say it has recently starting rotating 180 degrees during the day

The 10-inch tall relic, which dates back to 1800 BC, has  been at the museum for 80 years but curators say it has recently starting  rotating 180 degrees during the day

Scientists who explored the Egyptian  tombs  in the 1920s were popularly believed to be struck by a ‘curse of  the Pharaohs’.

Now Campbell Price, a curator at the museum  on Oxford  Road, said he believes there may be a spiritual explanation to the  spinning statue.

Egyptologist Mr Price, 29, said: ‘I noticed  one day that it had turned around.

‘I  thought it was strange because it is in a  case and I am the only one who has a key.

‘I put it back but then the next day it had  moved again.

Experts decided to monitor the room on time-lapse video and were astonished to see it clearly show the statuette spinning 180 degrees - with nobody going near it

Experts decided to monitor the room on time-lapse video  and were astonished to see it clearly show the statuette spinning 180 degrees –  with nobody going near it

In this time lapsed video, as the museum closes for the evening, the statue can be seen in a clearly different position

In this time lapsed video, as the museum closes for the  evening, the statue can be seen in a clearly different position

By midday the next day it has turned almost a quarter of a circle to be facing to the left

By midday the next day it has turned almost a quarter of  a circle to be facing to the left

The following morning the statue has moved again, and is facing even further away from its original position

The following morning the statue has moved again, and is  facing even further away from its original position

By the end of the day the statue has turned almost 180 degrees and is now facing away from visitors to the museum

By the end of the day the statue has turned almost 180  degrees and is now facing away from visitors to the museum

‘We set up a time-lapse video and, although  the naked eye can’t see it, you can clearly see it rotate on the film.

‘The statuette is something that used to go  in the tomb along with the mummy.

‘Mourners would lay offerings at its feet.  The hieroglyphics on the back ask for ‘bread, beer and beef’.

‘In Ancient Egypt they believed that if the  mummy is destroyed then the statuette can act as an alternative vessel for the  spirit.

‘Maybe that is what is causing the  movement.’

Other experts have a more rational  explanation – suggesting that the vibrations caused by the footsteps of passing  visitors makes the statuette turn.

That’s the theory favoured by Professor Cox –  but Campbell said he was not convinced.

‘Brian thinks it’s differential friction,’ he  said.

‘Where two surfaces, the serpentine stone of  the statuette and glass shelf it is on, cause a subtle vibration which is making  the statuette turn.

But it has been on those surfaces since we  have had it and it has never moved before. And why would it go around in a  perfect circle?’

Campbell is urging members of the public to  come along and take a look for themselves.

‘It would be great if someone could solve the  mystery,’ he added.

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