Monday, March 22, 2010

West Flanders : Flanders (Belgium)

The "Belgian" Morini inhabited the low-lying plains and coastal wetlands awashed by tidal forces of the North Sea in the historic Flanders region (the province of West Flanders) of western Belgium and the present-day departments of Nord and Pas-de-Calais of northernmost France. Very few traces of human activity date from the Pre-Roman Gaul era.

Whether the Belgae were of Celtic or Germanic origin, or a combination of both, is unclear. Caesar's sources informed him "that the greater part of the Belgae were sprung from the Germanic peoples, and that, having crossed the Rhine at an early period, they had settled there, on account of the fertility of the country".

  • Sample :
Full scale

  • Brief anthropological analysis :

- Type 1 :
Light complexion, brachymorphic, developed browridges, high and straight forehead, broad cheekbones, very broad jaw, rather wide-set eyes
~ Borreby

- Type 2 : Light complexion, leptomorphic, long "horsy" face, long nose, dinaromorphism, long and narrow jaw, close-set eyes
~ Keltic-Nordic

Once more, this is the infamous "horsy" phenotype so common amongst Dutch-speaking people already identified in Brussels : it is a good approximation of many British types. A more specifically Belgian-looking variant is somehow a mix between features from types 1 & 2 (noses can get broad for instance) : it's a very common type in Northern France as well.

Darker individuals are found as well :

  • Final morphotypes :

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