Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Caernarfon : Gwynedd (Wales)

Wales has been inhabited by modern humans for at least 29,000 years. Continuous human habitation dates from the end of the last ice age, between 12,000 and 10,000 years before present (BP), when Mesolithic hunter-gatherers from central Europe began to migrate to Great Britain.

Gwynedd was an independent kingdom from the end of the Roman period until the 13th Century when it was conquered and subjugated by England (for more on this period see Kingdom of Gwynedd).







  • Sample :

Full scale


  • 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 : I'll soon begin to characterize the main phenotypes one can find in the British Isles. Frailer individuals funnily give me an Irish vibe while robust types are more on par with what one can expect from Wales. Contrary to SW England, leptomorphic darker variants are somehow rare at least amongst males. Dark males actually belong to a brachymorphic type (named "Paleo-Atlantid" in old literature) still exhibiting dinaromorphism though.





- Type 2 :
Intermediate complexion (light skin, light eyes, ...), brachymorphic, chubby features, rather low-rooted and little broad nose that can get convex, wide forehead, large and strong jaws, prominent chin, wide-set eyes
~ Alpinoid/Brünn




  • Final morphotypes :

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