Officials at Manchester Museum in the UK are searching for an explanation for a recent incident – captured on video – in which an Egyptian artifact seems to rotate 180 degrees by itself. In the time-lapse clip, the 10-inch statue of Neb-Sanu – found in a mummy's tomb and kept in the museum for 80 years – seems to turn itself completely around in its display case.
Egyptologist Campbell Price hinted that an ancient curse may be at work, as ancient lore says that such a statue can be an “alternate vessel” for the spirit of the mummy it was buried with.
"I noticed one day that it had turned around,” Price told the Manchester Evening News. “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. 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.”
Physics Professor Brian Cox offered a more down-to-earth explanation, ascribing the movement to “differential friction” where vibration between the stone of the statuette and the glass shelf cause a constant, subtle motion.
Price begs to differ, though: “It has been on those surfaces since we have had it and it has never moved before,” he says, “and why would it go around in a perfect circle?”
Watch the clip and form your own theory...