Monday, December 12, 2011

Solsona : Catalonia (Spain)

A pre-Pyrenean Catalan comarca, Solsonès (capital : Solsona) probably was inhabited either by the Lacetani (who gave their name to Catalonia : Lacetania got to be deformed as Catalonia) or the Bergistani, both Iberian tribes.

Solsonès within Catalonia

  • Sample :
Full scale

  • Brief anthropological analysis :

- Type 1 : Dark, leptomorphic, long and triangular head, long and straight nose, close-set eyes, full eyebrows, pointy chin and large jaw
~ (Dinaromorphic) Atlanto-Mediterranean

Those people belong to a common Catalan type already identified in French Catalonia or in neighbouring Aragon : let's notice some ethnic secondary features such as thick eyebrows, somehow distant eyes, strong jaw, ...

- Type 2 : Intermediate complexion, brachymorphic, large face, square-box head head, little and straight nose, rather distanced eyes, little eyelids, large jaw
~ Alpinoid

As expected, people not belonging to Type 1 rather show Alpinoid puffy features already identified in this area.

  • Final morphotypes :


  1. Very roughly the faces in the first category are akin to Basque types, although they may have also equivalents in Spain proper, these are also the variant that looks more like Basques among Spaniards. The second category is not at all alike (with the odd exception: B4 is ambiguous enough) and must have some other origin.

  2. This is also my intuition : the first type is somehow akin to Basque types (though never properly Basque-looking : the overall "shape" is here but not definite traits). I'd dare call it "Eastern Pyrenean" for its distribution really is centred in the Eastern Pyrenees (Pyrenean Languedoc, Catalonia, parts of Aragon, ...).

    As for the second type, it clearly doesn't show Basque affinities indeed.


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