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Staff at Manchester Museum in Egypt have been left puzzled after discovering that one of the statues have been turning on its own with no help of a human being .

Curator Campbell Price, 29, told NDTV this week that  the museum installed a stop-motion camera after reports that the statue had  started changing position.

The movement appears confined to the daytime and seems to cease at night. The 10 inch stone statue dates back to 1800 BC.

Egyptian Statue Moving

“The statuette is something that used to go in the tomb along with the mummy,” said Price. “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.”

Celebrity scientist Brian Cox thinks the movement is caused by “differential friction” and a slight vibration, but the curator says the statue had been on the same surfaces long before without turning.