Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Moray : Highlands (Scotland)

Modern Moray does not reflect the historical extension of the diocese of Moray, one of the most important of the medieval diocese in Scotland, encompassing large parts of modern Highland.

The fort of Burghead was probably a major pictish centre and was where carved slabs depicting bulls were found; they are known as the Burghead Bulls. A chambered well of some considerable antiquity was discovered in 1809 and walls and a roof were later added to help preserve it.

  • Sample :
Full scale

  • Brief anthropological analysis :

- Type 1 : Light complexion (pinky undertones, light eyes, from blonde to light dark hair, ...), leptomorphic, straight nose that can get concave, high cheekbones, close-set eyes, rather angular and pointy chin, large jaw
~ Atlantid

This type constitutes a basic "Celtic" insular phenotype : it is quite prevailing in this part of Scotland. It approaches many European subtypes from the Atlantic. An interesting feature is that noses tend to be rather concave and turned-up on some individuals.

Eventually, dinaromorphic and somehow darker (let's add a rather triangular and "horsy" face) individuals are found : this type has been well identified throughout the Isles on this weblog. It might be approaching Atlanto-Med types from the Atlantic as well as some Belgian types from Flanders.

- Type 2 : Intermediate complexion (light skin, light eyes, rather dark hair, ...), brachymorphic, chubby features, rather low-rooted and little broad nose that can get convex, wide forehead, large and strong jaws, prominent chin, wide-set eyes
~ Alpinoid/Brünn

A very classical pan-British phenotype, it has attracted many authors who used this type to define Britishness. Contrary to other British samples though, women don't happen to show striking dinaromorphism. On average, those people somehow show affinities with Brittany (see Trégor for instance). I'll soon make comparisons.

  • Final morphotypes :


  1. A6 n’est guère « atlantide », et B5 ne doit pas l’être beaucoup plus. Ils sont à rapprocher de Norfolk B6, qui a été inséré correctement dans une catégorie « germanique » (Brünn). B7 n’est pas non plus atlantide. Elle est à rapprocher de A3, qui n’est pas de type atlantide.

    C6 est plus atlantide qu’autre chose. Elle est à rapprocher de B1, correctement placé dans la catégorie « atlantide », et de C7, type atlantide sans doute un peu « brünnisé ».


  2. Je suis d'accord mais on touche aux limites de ma présentation, à savoir que je tords la réalité en réduisant mes échantillons à deux types, finalement un brachy, l'autre lepto. A cet égard, je ne pouvais pas décemment mettre certains individus d'apparence germanique dans la seconde catégorie, sauf à user de contorsions rhétoriques qui ne me sont pas étrangère, à savoir dire "more leptomorphic".


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