Special Statue in Manchester – level 3

10-07-2018 15:00

Scientists claim to have solved the mystery of a moving 4,000-year-old Egyptian statue at Manchester Museum.

They recently noticed that the little 25-centimetres-high statuette had started moving in its case and they were curious as to why it was. They set up a time-lapse camera and started measuring vibration values which peaked at six o’clock in the evening, dropped down at night and then peaked again from six to seven o’clock in the morning.

According to science, no ancient Egyptian magic was moving the statue but rather human activity, such as transportation. The reason that the other artifacts did not move is because of the statue’s convex base. The other statues have flat bottoms.

Difficult words: claim (say), statuette (a small statue), peak (be high), convex (curved outwards, like the surface of the eye).

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