Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Zeeland : Zuid-Nederland (The Netherlands)

The province of Zeeland is a large river delta situated at the mouth of several major rivers. Most of the province lies below sea level and was reclaimed from the sea by inhabitants over time. It used to be the Roman Empire's northernmost border and the ethnic affiliation of local Menapii still is unclear.

Nehalennia is a goddess of the ancient religion known around the province of Zeeland. Her worship dates back at least to the 2nd century BC, and flourished in the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD. She was possibly a regional goddess, either Celtic or pre-Germanic – sources differ on the culture that first worshipped her. During the Roman Era, her main function appeared to be the protection of travelers, especially seagoing travelers crossing the North Sea.

  • Sample :

Full scale

  • Brief anthropological analysis :

- Type 1 :
Light complexion (medium light hair, light eyes, ...), brachymorphic, general robust features, squared-box face, high and broad forehead, little and broad nose that can get concave, deep jaw, wide-set eyes
~ Borreby

A very common type in Northern Europe, it is well representated in this area but not as much as ancient studies could make us believe (Zeeland is allegedly the Netherlands' most brachycephalic area). A variant of this type - noted for a convex nose and more leptomorphism - can be found as well with some leptomorphic individuals announcing Nordid types.

- Type 2 :
Light complexion (blonde hair with ash-blonde shades, ...), leptomorphic, general robust features, high forehead, convex nose, large and strong jaw, pointy chin, close-set eyes
~ (Dinaricized) Nordid

Those dinaromorphic individuals remind us of the infamous "horsy" phenotype found in Dutch-speaking Belgium. Women tend to be much less impressive than their male counterparts. Darker types are very Belgian-looking and tend to be rarer as one progresses northwards : some peculiar secondary features include full lips, rather distant eyes, ...

  • Final morphotypes :

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