Within his map Ptolemy names the Gaelic tribes inhabiting it and the areas in which they resided; in the area of Clare he identified a tribe known as the Gangani. Historians have found the tribes on the west of Ireland hardest to identify with known peoples, however Camden and O'Conor speculated a possible connection between the Gangani and the Concani, one of the eleven tribes in the confederacy of the Cantabri in the northern part of the Iberian Peninsula.
- 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 : it is not as prevailing as in other Irish counties. Let's add that people belonging to that type are somehow darker on average as well. People from County Clare rather belong to a less leptoprosopic variant (read : larger-faced).
Eventually, some "Atlantid" individuals do show some strong Irish features that are also common on people belonging to Type 2 : defined lines around the oral cavity, a large nose, a deep and clefted lower jaw.
- Type 2 : Intermediate complexion (light skin, light eyes, ...), brachymorphic (yet probably mesocephalic), chubby features, rather low-rooted and little broad nose that can get convex, wide forehead, large and strong jaws, prominent chin, wide-set eyes
Many individuals do exhibit a typical Irish flavour as well : defined lines around the oral cavity, a large nose, a deep lower jaw, a high forehead, that could be found on individuals belonging to Type 1 which really makes me wonder whether or not classification is that interesting as ethnic traits can be found on all types of individuals.
- Final morphotypes :