Egyptian Statue in Manchester Museum Moves Itself During the Day

Posted on June 25, 2013

There are some very odd occurrences going on at the Manchester Museum in Manchester, England. ABC News reports that an ancient Egyptian statue has been captured on video seemingly rotating on its own during the day. The statue ends up with its back facing the crowds, where they can see a prayer asking for bread, beer and beef. So, is the statue of Neb-senu simply trying to ask for a snack?

The statue has been on display for 80 years, so its recent shenanigans have freaked a lot of people out. The museum's curator Campbell Price first noticed the moving statue. He thought someone was playing a joke on him by moving the statue during the day. Price told The Mirror, "Most Egyptologists are not superstitious people. I wondered who had changed the object's position without telling me. But the next time I looked, it was facing in another direction-and a day later had yet another orientation."

Price set up a camera and filmed the statue during the day. The 11 hour time lapse video shows the statue moving.

ABC News talked to Carol Redmount, associate professor of Egyptian archeology at the University of California, Berkeley, who suggested that vibration was the reason for the movement: "The statue only seems to spin during the day when people are in the museum. It could have something to do with its individual placement and the individual character of the statue." Yes, but Professor Redmount has not actually examined the statue. Furthermore, Price points out that the statue has been in the exact same case for 80 years and it has never moved before. Who knows what's really going on inside that museum?