Sunday, February 27, 2011

Haro : La Rioja (Spain)

The area of Haro, also known as "La Rioja Alta", is delimitated by the Ebro river in the North which constitutes the border with Basque lands, and is mostly made of the valleys of the Tirón and the Oja rivers, two affluents of the Ebro. In the South, the area is separated from Soria by the "Picos de Urbión". "High Rioja" is where most Basque placenames of Rioja can be found : Cihuri, Sajazarra, Ochánduri, Nájera, Ezcaray, ...

La Rioja in pre-Roman times

  • Sample :

Full scale

  • Brief anthropological analysis :

- Type 1 : Intermediate complexion (from blonde to dark hair, grey/black eyes, rather pale skin on average, ...), leptomorphic, long face (particularly on males), long and convex nose rather parallel to the face, close-set eyes, pointy chin, large jaw
~ Dinaricized Atlanto-Mediterranean

Unsurprisingly enough, some individuals exhibit rather obvious Vasconic features such as a strong dinaromorphism (read : a convex nose) or pseudo-slanted grey/green eyes. On average these people don't differ from their Riojanese neighbours in Logroño. Less archetypal Mediterranoid types are found as well.

Eventually, brachymorphic types can be found : these individuals are characterized by a very strong jaw. They're intermediate with Alpinoid type.

- Type 2 :
Intermediate complexion (rather dark hair, light eyes, ...), brachymorphic, reduced and "puffy" features, square-box head, little and puffy nose, strong jaw, rather distanced and somehow chinky eyes
~ Alpinoid

Such types are always uneasy to analyse as eventually they're rather undistinct and lack the decisive ethnic features leptomorphic types do possess. Let's say that this type is pretty widespread throughout the peninsula but might be more specifically Castillian.

  • Morphotypes finaux / Final morphotypes :


  1. Interesting counterpoint because these do not look more Basque-looking than those of Logroño and do keep the outlier tendencies found there (towards Castile but also the Mediterranean).

    The "puffy" tendency actually looks rather Mediterranean to me but I can only spot one such individual here (d1, maybe two if you include b2 but he's just slightly fat or otherwise naturally fleshy IMO and otherwise within the Atlantic Dinaromorphic phenotype).


    I think that A1 and A3 are typical spanish-swedish-aryans. Veeeeeeeeery-very-very-very-very BAZKID, don't you?



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