Friday, August 27, 2010

Western Pomerania : Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Germany)

In prehistoric times, the area was inhabited by megalith cultures. In the first half of the first millennium, the East Germanic Rugians are reported in the area, who are known to later set up a kingdom far South in Pannonia in the 5th century. By the 6th and 7th century, West Slavic people populated the region. If they met a substantial Rugian population and whether and/or how these were assimilated by the Slavs is not known.

  • Sample :

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  • Brief anthropological analysis :

- Type 1 : Light complexion (from medium brown to blonde hair with rufosity, blue eyes, ...), leptomorphic, general robust features, high forehead, long face, straight and rather wavy nose, large jaw, close-set eyes
~ Nordid

This type, hesitating inbetween classical Trønder and Halstatt types as identified by many authors, is quite typical from North Germany.

- Type 2 : Light complexion (medium light hair with possible reddish undertones, light eyes, ...), brachymorphic, general robust features, squared-box face, high and broad forehead, little and broad nose that can get concave, strongly drawn lines around the oral cavity, rather full lips deep jaw, wide-set eyes
~ Borreby/Subnordid

This type is quite widespread in Northern Europe. Funnily enough, it is very prevailing amongst men and rarer amongst women contrary to other German areas. Note that such sexual dimorphism was also noted amongst other Baltic people such as the Polish people for instance. A dinaromorphic variant of that type somehow reminds us of South German and Austrian types.

  • Final morphotypes :

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