Mystery behind rotating 4000-year-old Egyptian statue solved
Washington – The mystery behind a 4000-year-old Egyptian statue that was caught on camera rotating for no apparent reason has finally been solved.
Curators at Manchester Museum in the UK were confused by the 25cm statue, which was made in about 1800BC, when it began to move without any apparent intervention.
The statue was created as a medium for the soul of an ancient Egyptian man called Neb-Senu. Some enthusiastic observers had even suggested Neb-Senu’s spirit was moving the artefact.
But that theory has been trumped by a more scientific explanation.
The British TV program Mystery Map, which investigates mysterious stories, enlisted vibration expert Steve Gosling to place a special three-axis sensor under the statue’s cabinet to pick up the vibrations from passing footsteps and traffic.
Gosling found the statue’s movement coincided with the vibrations. When foot traffic stopped overnight, the statue stopped rotating.