Sunday, June 20, 2010

Treviso : Veneto (Italy)

For some scholars, the ancient city of Tarvisium derived its name from a settlement of the Celtic tribe of the Taurusci. Others have attributed the name instead to the Indo European root tarvos, meaning "bull". Tarvisium, then a city of the Veneti, became a municipium in 89 BC after the Romans added Cisalpine Gaul to their dominions.

  • Sample :

Full scale

  • Brief anthropological analysis :

- Type 1 : Intermediate complexion (chestnut hair, light eyes, ...), leptomorphic, rather narrow face, long and straight high-rooted nose that can get arched, close set eyes, large jaw, pointy chin
~ Dinaromorphic Nordo-Mediterranean

Part of a rather pan-Italian variability, these phenotypes are specifically North Italian due to complexion. Very arched noses may be proper to the Adriatic. More robust and nordoid variants (straight puffy nose, very large jaws, ...) are quite specific from the area.

- Type 2 : Intermediate complexion (dark hair, ...), rather brachymorphic, convex nose, large face, close set eyes, large jaw
~ Dinaromorphic (Alpino-)Mediterranean

This type is more or less absent in Vicenza, it seems to be a coastal Adriatic type that we encountered in Venezia Giulia. Eventually more classical Alpinoid/Subnordid male types (little eyes, puffy features, wide-set eyes, ...) are to be found.

  • Final morphotypes :


  1. There's three or four clearly Nordic individuals, as well as a larger number of what can be called "subnordic" types. Some of these probably have very much Italian faces though, specially B6.

    There are also many Euro-Mediterraneans, IMO more akin to what can be found in the West Balcans (Greece, Albania, ex-Yugoslavia) than to the types found in SW Europe, though many are maybe displaying Italian-specific variants.

    There's also few that I'd describe as "Etruscoid" (an Alpino-Med variant of broad face and curly hair): A2 and B5 specially, as well as D6.

    On first sight I could only spot one Basque-like face (A8) but after a more careful look there are clearly more and I'm saying BI=4 in this case.

    Anecdotally, C2 is identical to my aunt when young. She was born in Bilbao but, her sister, my mother, was born in Treviso (and I already spotted her a lookalike in the Trieste sample).

  2. Thank you for such an exciting and educational article.

  3. Certains font typiquement italien, du nord. Très peu de phénotypes méditerranéens. 3 ou 4 jeunes femmes relèveraient du type méditerranéen au sens large (visage ovale, cheveux noirs, teint mat). Beaucoup de types dinariques, ce qui est assez logique dans cette région proche des Balkans. Enfin un taux de blondisme assez élevé. bref un échantillon de physiques vénitiens très représentatifs tels que j ai pu en rencontrer. Bravo pour votre travail. Je suis frappé également par la beauté des femmes de cette région.


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