Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Rethymno : Crete (Greece)

This region as a whole is rich with ancient history, most notably through the Minoan civilization centred at Kydonia east of Rethymno. The Minoan civilization was a Bronze Age civilization that arose on the island of Crete and flourished from approximately the 27th century BC to the 15th century BC. The early inhabitants of Crete settled as early as 128,000 BC, during the Middle Paleolithic age. However it was not until 5000 BC that the first signs of advanced agriculture appeared, marking the beginning of the civilization.

  • Sample :

Full scale

  • Brief anthropological analysis :

- Type 1 :
Dark complexion (black hair, ...), brachymorphic, large face, square-box head, rather bulbous forehead, puffy and little nose mostly on males, close-set eyes, large jaw
~ Alpino-Mediterranean

This is a classical pan-Greek type which somehow shows affinities with the Levant. For possible comparisons, see Anthroplanet as I update it with neighbouring non-European areas.

- Type 2 : Dark complexion (dark hair yet pale skin), dark eyes, leptomorphic, narrow and angular face, long and arched high-rooted nose, close set eyes, large jaw, pointy chin
~ (Dinaromorphic) Eastern-Mediterranean

This is another classical Greek phenotype : as usual in Greek lands, one can notice a strange complexion dimorphism with women mostly falling in a noticeable lighter category (aqua-blue eyes, pale skin, ...). "Lighter" men somehow don't exhibit the very striking ethnic features of their female counterparts.

  • Final morphotypes :

1 comment:

  1. I think we definitely need a typological distinction between "Mediterraneans". For example for me people like A4, B7, markedly C6, are what I'd call Mediterranean (like in not too mainstream European, rather West Asian but with presence in some parts of Mediterranean Europe). Instead your "dinaromorphics" look rather non-Med (and some may be true Dinarids because they do have a strong Balcanic vibe).

    There are other types only in this sample: A1 (robust Atlanto-Med?), A8 (Jewish vibe but not Armenoid either), B1 (some "archaic" type?), B4 (a true Alpino-Med IMO), D2 (Cromagnoid-Med), D4 (Italoid?), D5 (a type already spotted in Andalusia, usually rather blond and blue eyed).

    There are also many that can be considered subnordid: A6, B2, B5, D1.


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