In the summer of 2003, the author excavated a marae site on the island of Rurutu in the Austral archipelago, French Polynesia. Among the find from the Classic period deposit (ca. late 18th- early 19th centuries AD) was a tiki pendant of a hitherto-unknown iconography. This find is unique because it is the only carved Austral ornament from the Classic period that has ever been excavated from an archaeological site.
"An Excavated Tiki Pendant from Rurutu, Austral Islands,"
Rapa Nui Journal: Journal of the Easter Island Foundation: Vol. 19
, Article 2.
Available at: https://kahualike.manoa.hawaii.edu/rnj/vol19/iss2/2