Museum statue mysteriously moves by itself

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Mummy on the move

Staff at Manchester Museum are puzzled by an Egyptian statue which has mysteriously started moving.

The 10-inch tall statue was found in a mummy's tomb and has been at the museum for eighty years.

Bosses filmed the 4,000 year-old figure slowly turning round by itself during the day. During the night it stays still.

Campbell Price, an Egyptologist at the museum, thinks the museum may have been struck by ancient curse where the spirit of the mummy is transferred to the statue.

He told the Manchester Evening News: "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."

But he said Professor Brian Cox who teaches physics at the University of Manchester has offered another explanation. He thinks the statue might be turning because of slight vibrations between the statue and the surface it is sitting on.