Behind the scenes in New World Archaeology with April Hawkins

Posted: January 8, 2014 - 13:29 , by ROM
New World Archaeology Technician April Hawkins

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.

Reproduction of Stela 9 from Lamanai, Belize  Reproduction of Stela 9 from Lamanai, Belize

More info on this incredible Stela and Maya site here:

Archaeologists' story:

The glyph translation: 

Wikipedia page:

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