The Romans occupied Cheshire for almost 400 years, from 70AD, and created the town and fort of Deva Victrix, now Chester. After the Romans withdrew, Cheshire formed part of Mercia, a Saxon kingdom, that saw invasions from the Welsh and Danes.
- Sample :
- Brief anthropological analysis :
- Type 1 : Light complexion (pinky undertones, light blue eyes, blonde hair, ...), leptomorphic, long and convex nose rather parallel to the face, high cheekbones, close-set eyes, rather angular and pointy chin, large jaw
~ Dinaricized Atlantid aka "Keltic Nordic"
This type constitutes a basic "Celtic" insular phenotype. Contrary to neighbouring Shropshire, darker individuals are quite rare in this sample.
- Type 2 : Intermediate complexion (light skin, light eyes, reddish undertones, ...), 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
This is the most typical British phenotype which is widespread throughout the whole islands. As usual, women may show classical "Celtic" dinaromorphism. Let's note that this phenotype is quite abundant in this area in contrast with English counties neighbouring Wales where Keltic-Nordid types were in majority.
Darker individuals are eventually found that exhibit common features such as little noses that can get snub-tipped, rather chinky eyes, ... Leptmorphic individuals link this type with darker individuals classified under the first section.
- Final morphotypes :