Monday, November 22, 2010

Volyn : Volhynia (Ukraine)

The Kievan Rus' were founded by the Rus' people, Varangians who first settled around Ladoga and Novgorod, then gradually moved southward eventually reaching Kiev about 880. The Kievan Rus' included the western part of modern Ukraine, Belarus, with larger part of it situated on the territory of modern Russia. According to the Primary Chronicle the Rus' elite initially consisted of Varangians from Scandinavia.

Volhynia is a historic region in western Ukraine located between the rivers Prypiat and Western Bug, to the north of Galicia and Podolia. The area has some of the oldest Slavic settlements in Europe. The modern Volyn oblast is made of parts of ancient Volhynia : its capital is Lutsk.

  • Sample :

Full scale

  • Brief anthropological analysis :

- Type 1 :
Light complexion (blonde or red hair, light eyes, ...), leptomorphic, rather leptoprosopic, narrow eyes, long and narrow straight nose, high forehead, large jaw, pointy chin, full lips
~ East Nordid

This well-identified type is common in West Russia and NE Europe : darker types are found as well which have been called "Pontid" by many anthropologists or 'Pontid-Mediterranid" though these people only share a vague ressemblance with Mediterranid types from Western Europe. These dark "East Nordid" types have long been associated with Ukraine.

- Type 2 : Light complexion (from medium dark-brown to blonde hair, blue eyes), brachymorphic, large square-box head, little and distanced oblique eyes, low orbits, broad and rather straight or concave nose, weak browridges, large fronthead, large jaw, receding chin
~ Alpinoid/Baltid

This is a very common type in Eastern Europe. These Ukrainians types might be characterized by a relative abundance of rather convex noses.

  • Final morphotypes :


  1. I've noticed that Eastern European morphs rarely end up smiling. This one is a surprising exception. Is Western Ukraine that westernised?

    D4 and B6 look almost Turkic to me, btw.

  2. Hum... ces "East Nordid" sont très proche du second groupe Baltid... Je crois que les vrai East Nordid sur ce blog sont ceux en Finland et Estonie.

  3. Exact. Ils ont des têtes assez larges, finalement, c'est le nez qui les différencie et l'exagérée largeur de cette même face. Je vais enchainer avec un sample finlandais dans la journée, je crois que l'on m'avait demandé quelque chose dans le genre.


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