Time-lapse footage from the Manchester Museum in England has some people freaked out, because it shows a 4,000-year-old Egyptian statue spinning inside its glass case . . . seemingly on its own.

According to one physicist, it's probably the result of something called "differential friction."  Or in other words, the statue is turning little by little because of tiny vibrations from people walking around, or from street traffic.

But one of the museum's experts isn't buying it, and seems to think there might be a more supernatural explanation.

Quote, "In Ancient Egypt, they believed that if [a] mummy is destroyed, then the statuette can act as an alternative vessel for the spirit."

Although, from watching the video, it does seem to only move when there's traffic outside or people walking around.