Yesterday, New World Archaeology collections technician April Hawkins was cleaning on top of one of the collections cabinets in the storage room when she found something out of place.
Here's a video with April explaining her find:
So with the help of social media April was able to solve the mystery of this rice paper and charcoal rubbing. Here are a few photos of the reproduction of Stela 9 from Lamanai, Belize in our Discovery Gallery on Level 2 made from the above rubbing.
More info on this incredible Stela and Maya site here:
Archaeologists' story: http://www.mesoweb.com/bearc/cmr/RRAMW20.pdf
The glyph translation: http://www.mesoweb.com/bearc/cmr/21_text.html
Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamanai