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Walk Like An Egyptian?

Submitted by on June 23, 2013 – 9:47 AM12 Comments | 2,306 views

I found this story over at Who Forted, about an Egyptian statue that seems to move on it’s own with quite good video.

Suspiciously good video actually.

 

From The Manchester Evening News

Video: The curse of the spinning statue at Manchester Museum
22 Jun 2013 09:24

The 10-inch tall relic, which dates back to 1800 BC, was found in a mummy’s tomb and has been at the Manchester Museum for 80 years.

An ancient Egyptian statue has spooked museum bosses – after it mysteriously started to spin round in a display case.

The 10-inch tall relic, which dates back to 1800 BC, 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. 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 boffin Brian Cox among the experts being consulted.
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. 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?”

Vibration? Possibly, but why then do the other statues not rotate in the same manner? Or show any motion at all?
Why does the one that does move stop when it has turned roughly 180 degrees?
Why does it only move during the day? Some have suggested ground vibration caused by subway trains, but those run all night. Others have suggested vibration in the floor caused by foot traffic, but that does not fully explain why it moves before any foot traffic is in evidence in the video.

This is a time lapse sequence which means while we see video, what is actually happening is a series of still pictures taken at a set and predictable interval leaving it more than possible (and certainly likely) for a human agent to be moving the statue between shots.

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I would like nothing more than the proof of various cryptids, alien civilizations, even alien visitors to be found. But that proof will come only through rigorous science and objective analysis, and by holding evidence to the highest standards of scrutiny. Born in south eastern Pennsylvania, i have found myself at one time or another living in Chicago, Cleveland, Raleigh-Durham, on the island of Kaua'i and finally landed on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. I have turned my hand to various professions from early work in 3d graphics to historic building restoration, carpentry and log home building to working in a bronze art foundry on the WWII Veterans Memorial. Currently I am a writer, script writer and working for a non profit organization called Empowerment Through Connection which is involved in equine assisted therapy for veterans, at risk teens and women.

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  • The Oshmar

    I’d say the foot traffic vibration is the cause, it has probably not got a perfectly flat bottom causing it to rock a little when people walk past it.

  • S.R.M.

    That was exactly what I was thinking. It only happens during the day and the foot traffic of people would slowly make it turn around on its axis. If they examined the bottom of the statue they would probably see it is uneven.

  • http://GhostTheory.com/ Henry

    I am less than certain that it would simply stop when it turned 180 degrees.

  • Scott_McMan

    Was that chick sexy, or what?

  • Roy

    I’d like to see a video taken from below, one that is video and not spliced together still shots. This would allow one to see just how much movement there is left to right and front to back. Actually days worth of videos with resetting the statue once it had stopped at it’s roughly 180 degree turn.

  • David Eggleston

    If the shelf were slightly slanted, and the base was uneven, traffic in the building, not just in front of the display, could shake the piece until it settled at the 180 degree position.

  • Jon

    Or it could just be a haunted statue. Where’s that guy from Haunted Collector when you need him?

  • andy

    Just FYI, I’m from Manchester, and there is no subway system. Also the tram system we do have doesn’t go anywhere near this place so that wouldn’t even have an effect.

  • http://GhostTheory.com/ Henry

    Yup.

  • http://GhostTheory.com/ Henry

    That is good to know. Always glad to hear a local perspective.

  • Dung Shooken

    If it was shown turning at night when no one was around, that would be news.
    Clearly vibration-related due to foot traffic.

  • Dave (not the barbarian)