Saturday 18 November 2017

Video: 4,000-year-old relic caught on CCTV mysteriously moving

Mark McConville

Mark McConville

THIS is a time lapse video taken from a CCTV camera, showing an Egyptian relic mysteriously moving by itself.

The 10inch statue, said to be an offering to the Egyptian god Osiris,  ‘the god of death’ - is locked inside a glass case and has been on display for 80 years.


Scientists who explored Egyptian tombs in the 1920s were believed to be struck by a ‘curse of the Pharaohs’.

Egyptian artefacts curator Campbell Price spotted that the statue had been moved and installed a camera to take a picture of the 1800BC statue every minute for a week.

Dr Price said: “Most Egyptologists are not superstitious people. I wondered who had changed the object’s position without telling me. “But the next time I looked, it was facing in another direction - and a day later had yet another orientation. None of the other objects in the display had moved. It’s bizarre.”


He added: “The Ancient Egyptians believed that statuettes such as these could act as an alternative home for the spirits of the people they represented, should the body be damaged or destroyed. The Egyptians would be surprised, however, by a statue moving entirely of its own accord.”

The museum is now investigating this real-life ‘curse’ to try and explain how it could have happened.

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