A 10-inch tall Egyptian relic dating back to 1800 BC currently housed in the Manchester Museum mysteriously began to rotate in recent weeks.

The sudden alternation to the placement of the statuette was what first alerted museum curators to this phenomenon. The statuette is currently on display in a glass case and has been housed at the Manchester Museum for the past 80 years. Because of this mystery, experts placed a monitor to capture a time lapse of the statuette turning on its own while guests are in the museum.

In ancient Egypt, statuettes such as this one were placed in the tomb along with the mummy and were believed to act as an alternative vessel for the spirit should the mummy be destroyed. This specific statuette is of a man named Neb-Senu and is inscribed with hieroglyphics that ask for bread, beer and beef.

Expert scientists including Professor Brian Cox favor the theory that suggests vibrations from the footsteps of guest traffic in the museum are to blame for the turning motion of the statuette.

Egyptologist Campbell Price believes that the reason for the spinning statuette is differential friction caused by the serpentine stone of the statue and the glass surface of the shelf causing a gentle vibration.

Although the statuette has been in this location in the Manchester Museum for 80 years, this is the first time that the movement has been noted.

 What do you think- is this an ancient spirit at play or is this science? 

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