Friday, December 4, 2009

Siena : Tuscany (Italy)

Siena, like other Tuscan hill towns, was first settled in the time of the Etruscans (c. 900 BC to 400 BC) when it was inhabited by a tribe called the Saina. At the time of the Emperor Augustus, a Roman town called Saena Julia was founded in the site. An episcopal town (that more or less encompassed the modern provincie of Siena and Grosseto) and a major centre of money lending in the Middle-Ages, Siena was the centre of a self-governing republic that eventually was incorporated into Tuscany in the XVIth century.


  • Sample :
Full scale


  • Brief anthropological analysis :

- Type 1 : Intermediate pigmentation, leptomorphic, (male brachycephaly ?), long convex nose, close-set eyes
~ Dinaro-Mediterranean



As usual in Tuscany, there's a true sexual dimorphism between men and women, the latter being generally more impressive physically speaking (large jaws, high cheekbones, ...) and noticeably lighter.


A darker series in the Mediterranean spectrum :


Leptoprosopic specimens :



- Type 2 :
Dark, brachymorphic, little nose, wide set eyes, squared and large jaws
~ Alpinoid



Hyperbrachycephalic types that are common in inland Tuscany (Arezzo, ...) are absent from Siena whose ethnic mixture somehow announces Alpino-Med types that are found in Lazio and Campania. Still :


  • Final morphotypes :

7 comments:

  1. Vous croyez que du moment où votre type 1 Dinaro-Mediterranean devient plus Leptoprosopic que ces trois messieurs sont toujours des Dinaro-Mediterranean? Il ne formera pas un autre type? Quelque chose comme des atlanto-med avec celui du milieu qui est atlantid?

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  2. Oui tout à fait exact, j'ai mal ficelé cette présentation qui repose sur une distinction ma foi très banale : d'un côté les méditerranoïdes, de l'autre les alpinoïdes.

    "Atlanto-Med" me semble plutôt réservé dans la littérature pour des individus au fond pas véritablement "leptoprosopiques", à savoir que l'Atlanto-Med archétypique possède régulièrement une machoire assez imposante, qui correspond plutôt aux types espagnols (voir La Rioja). Que puis-je mettre ? "Mediterranoid" ?

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  3. I doubt some of those people are fully Tuscans.
    Example 3 people in the last 4 pics are suspect.
    The two girls in the penultimate set look asian mixed and the guy look african influenced.

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  4. Do you doubt that some are fully Tuscans? Some aren't fully Italians! Some are clearly of foreign ancestry.

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  5. LOL! There are obvious foreigner migrants in these pics!

    A French living in Italy

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  6. these are not Tuscan for sure, and probably not fully Italian as well

    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2613/4157012136_bba5230072_o.jpg

    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2676/4157011916_c2e08184bd_o.jpg

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  7. If you want to see how Tuscans really look, take a look at this blog, the pics are based on famous people from Tuscany, not taken from random Facebook people of uncertain origin

    http://famoustuscans.blogspot.it/

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