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Posted 24 June 2013 - 22:30

An ancient Egyptian statue in a British museum has sparked debate after it was captured on video seemingly rotating on its own.

The 10-inch tall statue of Neb-senu has been on display at the Manchester Museum in Manchester, England, for 80 years but it was only recently that museum staff noticed the statue moving.

"Most Egyptologists are not superstitious people. I wondered who had changed the object's position without telling me," the museum's curator, Campbell Price, told the U.K.'s Sun. "But the next time I looked, it was facing in another direction-and a day later had yet another orientation."

With his curiosity piqued, Price returned the statue of the Egyptian idol to its original position in a locked glass case and set up a camera to film the statue over an 11-hour period. The resulting time-lapse video, Price says, shows the statue moving on its own.

Other experts attribute the rotation to a more scientific reasoning, such as subtle vibrations that cause the statue to move.

"The statue only seems to spin during the day when people are in the museum," Carol Redmount, associate professor of Egyptian archeology at the University of California, Berkeley, told ABC News. "It could have something to do with its individual placement and the individual character of the statue."

The statue, made from serpentine, shows what is likely an official with "priestly duties," according to Price, wearing a shoulder-length wig and knee-length kilt.

The hieroglyphs on the back of the statue spell out, "bread, beer and beef," a "prayer for offerings for the spirit of the man," Price told the Sun.

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 22:40

I bet it's not the curse of the pharaoh's at work.



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Posted 25 June 2013 - 00:49

LOL, that's one way to get more visitors. 



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Posted 25 June 2013 - 03:54

LOL, that's one way to get more visitors. 

 

Yeah, seems like a stunt for publicity.

 

I love how the inscription on the back on the statue is asking for "bread, beer and beef". 



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Posted 25 June 2013 - 04:12

Yeah, seems like a stunt for publicity.

 

I love how the inscription on the back on the statue is asking for "bread, beer and beef". 

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 04:15

Obviously it's the vibration moving it around... Why don't they put a non-slip mat underneath it? :p



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Posted 25 June 2013 - 04:20



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Posted 25 June 2013 - 04:22

no boobs? :(

 

lol. Must have been an oversight. 



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Posted 25 June 2013 - 04:28

Obviously it's the vibration moving it around... Why don't they put a non-slip mat underneath it? :p

 

 

That or the curator is doing it, either way the museum is banking on it as a draw for them. 



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Posted 26 June 2013 - 04:26

Kinda impossible to move it when it's locked in a transparent glass case.

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 04:57

Kinda impossible to move it when it's locked in a transparent glass case.

 

 

 

What is locked, can be unlocked



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Posted 26 June 2013 - 05:04

Kinda impossible to move it when it's locked in a transparent glass case.

 

One shouldn't ditch rational explanations for irrational ones.



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Posted 26 June 2013 - 05:10

What is locked, can be unlocked


Of course, have you watched the video?

One shouldn't ditch rational explanations for irrational ones.


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Posted 26 June 2013 - 05:16

You're suggesting that it is impossible because it is in a locked, glass case. Implying that there must be some other explanation. I interpreted that to mean supernatural explanations.

 

It could be tampered with at night. Maybe you could stick a low-friction pad or gel under the statue to make it spin and move when vibrations were experienced outside the glass, for example.

 

 

Essentially, what is more likely: this has a rational explanation, e.g. a stunt/hoax, or the statue has become sentient and is spinning on its own?



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Posted 26 June 2013 - 05:43

Of course, have you watched the video?

 

 

 

It's time lapsed meaning they can cut out the parts where they go in and move it. My money is on it being moved by someone, them being cut out of the vid, or the vibrations from all the visitors during the day, as it doesn't seem to show it moving during after hours. 





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