Friday, September 24, 2010

Vidin : Montana (Bulgaria)

There are around 80 caves situated close to the border with Serbia, the most famous being the Magura Cave, which known with its cave painting from 10,000 BC. Vidin emerged at the place of an old Celtic settlement known as Dunonia. The name itself meant "fortified hill" with the typically Celtic dun found frequently in Celtic place names. The settlement evolved into an Roman fortified town called Bononia. The town grew into one of the important centres of the province of Upper Moesia, encompassing the territory of modern northwestern Bulgaria and eastern Serbia. Roman rule lasted until 46 AD.

When Slavs settled in the area, they called the town Badin or Bdin, where the modern name comes from.

  • Sample :

Full scale

  • Brief anthropological analysis :

- Type 1 : Rather dark complexion (from dark to medium blonde hair), brachymorphic, large head, little and distanced oblique eyes, low orbits, broad and straight nose, full lips, weak browridges, large jaw, receding chin
~ Alpinid/Gorid

This is a very common type amongst South Slavs and their neighbours. More leptomorphic and Mediterranoid individuals are found as well.

- Type 2 : Intermediate complexion (pale skin color, grey/green eyes, chestnut hair, ...), more or less leptomorphic, long face, probably brachycephalic, narrow eyes, long and arched nose, rather low and receding forehead
~ Dinarid

That is a very common type in the Balkans already identified in other South Slavic lands such as Pelagonia.

  • Final morphotypes :


  1. I can spot two tendencies, East Europe and East Mediterranean, however most individuals are just generically European in looks, either in the Mediterranean or Northern variants.

    Some particularly archetypal individuals:

    - C7 is the archetype of East Balcanic ("Romanian" in my mind). A type probably also found in parts of East Europe senso stricto. The other two women you listed by her side under the Dinarid tag, D6 and D7, do not represent that type, though admittedly the eyes shape is very similar. D6 does look exotically-looking to me but D7 would cluster normally in other parts of Europe.

    - A1 has an archetypal Slavic face that I would intuitively label as "Russian". These two types's most striking trait is the narrowness of the eye-to-eye distance. Also the eyes are very deeply set. Another individual looking NE Euro is D5 but he is much more ambiguous.

    - C2 is also somewhat archetypal for an East Europe type, a different, more "Mediterranid" one however, possibly what they call "Pontid"

    - True Mediterranids (i.e. looking like West Asians or North Africans) are many (various subtypes surely): A2, A3, A6, A7, B1 and D8 at least.

    - Many look Euromediterranean either in the Italian or the Iberian sense. These last specially are difficult to take apart from the generic European looks, so I'll only list the most obvious ones: B6 and D3, this last one much similar (but a lot paler) than a former roommate of mine (a troublesome one, btw) from Murcia. Other faces that I would find "natural" in Spain (or even in some cases in the Basque Country) are: A5, B2, B3, C3, C8 and D2. However all these are "ambiguous European" in looks.

    - Some others look "British" to me: A4, C5 (reminds of Ed Miliband) and C6 specially. A4, B5 and D7 too but they are ambiguous.

    A note: please don't post people with dark glasses (B7), they totally break the facial perception process (and IMO should be as illegal as burqas).

  2. Just learned that the Milibands are Jewish, their father at least from Poland (mother's name sounds non-British too: Kozak), so probably the adscription of C5 to British looks I mentioned is totally wrong.

  3. Indeed, as far as Wikipedia is concerned, the Milliband brothers are of fully Polish-Jewish background. Note that I would somehow like to publish some samples about the Ashkenazi people but I fear being misinterpreted.

  4. There's always someone reading things from a twisted angle but you already have your disclaimer, so how is that said in Yiddish? Chutzpah? In Spanish it's "échale un par de huevos!" (something about having guts). ;P

    It should be interesting - at least as much as any other population.


I've chosen to let people comment freely on my posts. Nevertheless, you'll lose your time taunting me and calling me a fascist (which I'm really not) : I pray you to read my introduction which will reassure that my intentions genuinely aim at achieving amateurish knowledge. I understand that you may not share my passion for the history of the peopling of the World, just don't let me know as clear conscience gained by bashing a humble documentary work is useless.