Wales was free of glaciers by about 10,250 BP and people would have been able to walk between Continental Europe and Great Britain until between about 7,000 and 6,000 BP, before the post glacial rise in sea level led to Great Britain becoming an island, and the Irish Sea forming to separate Wales and Ireland. Yet, Wales seems to have been inhabited by modern humans for at least 29,000 years.
- Sample :
- Brief anthropological analysis :
- Type 1 : Light, more or less leptomorphic, long and convex nose that can get narrow, high cheekbones, close-set eyes, angular chin and large jaws
~ Dinaricized (Alpino-)Atlantid
This type constitutes a basic Welsh phenotype : it's very prevailing. When more leptomorphic and darker (let's add full lips, a convex nose rather parallel to the face, triangular "horsy" face, ...) some individuals approach Atlanto-Med types from the Atlantic (Western France, NW Spain, ...) as well as some Belgian types. This type was already identified in the Celtic fringes of the British Isles in Cornwall, Devon, North Wales, ...
Obviously, more classical pan-British Atlantid types are found : light-red hair, little eyelids, puffier nose, ...
- Type 2 : Light, brachymorphic, little low-rooted nose, high cheekbones, wide forehead, large and strong jaws, wide-set eyes, pointy chin
- Final morphotypes :