Saturday, 22 June 2013


Manchester Museum - Haunted by a Pharaoh?

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.

Scientists who explored the Egyptian tombs in the 1920s were popularly believed to be struck by a ‘curse of the Pharaohs’ – and Campbell Price, a curator at the museum on Oxford Road, said he believes there may be a spiritual explanation to the spinning statue.

My view:

As much as I would seriously want this to be an amazing spiritual phenomenon, I note that on time-lapse video, the object rotates slowly when there are visitors passing through.
The museum building is Victorian, and looking at the video and still image, the floor looks to be wooden and of course, subject to vibrations. The statue never moves at night.
You may have different thoughts, but you have to eliminate the logical before reaching a paranormal conclusion.

Story: ManchesterEveningNews

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