Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Braga : Minho (Portugal)

The region of Braga has been inhabited since pre-historic times, and in the Iron Age the Bracari people occupied the region and built their characteristic fortified villages (castrum). It was the capital of the Callaici Bracarii, or Bracarenses, a tribe who occupied what is now Galicia and northern Portugal. It has been long known that they spoke a Celtic language, as can be seen in the inscription dedicated to the goddess Nabia at Braga's Fonte do Ídolo, or in the name of their town Tongobriga.

  • Sample :

Full scale

  • Brief anthropological analysis :

- Type 1 : Dark complexion, leptomorphic, gracile general features, narrow "horsy" face, long and narrow nose, high cheekbones, a rather broad jaw, close-set eyes, rather narrow eyelids
~ Nordo-Mediterranoid

This type was already identified in other Portuguese areas. It is quite prevailing amongst women as well albeit within a lighter spectrum as usual in North Portugal.

- Type 2 : Dark complexion (dark hair but rather pale skin), brachymorphic, broad face, round features, short and broad nose, wide-set eyes, from dark to light eyes ("green-blue")
~ Alpinoid

This type was previously identified in Portuguese Alto Douro. It's much rare here and surprisingly enough, a very Portuguese-looking variant characterized by wide-spaced sloping eyes, a short broad nose and thick browridges (this type would fit a "Berid" definition) is absent from this sample. Lighter individuals are found as well.

  • Final morphotypes :


  1. Totally "Nordic": the long Greco-style faces are totally Nordic and are a clear majority. However facial traits are often different from NW Europeans, though others do fit well in the typical Nordic concept (A1, B1 and C1 for instance). I can find some approaching Basque typology but mostly they fall in a clear typological arch between the North Sea and the West Mediterranean (Iberia mostly but also Italian affinities on occasion).

    No or almost no Alpinoids in this sample. Only A7 and C6 (Berid-Borreby). You would have produced to more representative types exploring the Nordic/Mediterranean continuum in this case and ignoring these exceptions.

  2. Nothing nordic in none, some of them not look europeans .

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    2. They look ancient and look Iberian and that´s what is supported by both genetic and anthropological studies. What certain people perceive as European, doesn´t matter.

  3. Eh?

    Nordic/Nordoid: A1, A6, B1, B3, B4, B7, D1, D5.

    At the very least.

    1. ^
      Nordic nordoid?
      Have you ever been in some real nordic country?

    2. Indeed. Some may be a bit less so, more arguable or of mixed looks, but, c'mon!, A1 is total Nord, if I met him at a tourist place, I'd imagine him foreigner, and so is B3 (almost like Yves Smith). And D5 could be the less pretty, hook-nosed, cousin of that actress of Grace Kelly.

      You're in denial.

  4. If it were enough to have a long face to be Nordic, dinaric would be all nordics.
    Greco-style face... in fact ancient Greeks are known as nordics usually lol, old myths, they don't, simply dinarics, or dinaricised-atlantids in the case of Portuguese.


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