Saturday, March 3, 2012

Las Merindades : Old Castile (Spain)

North of the Ebro river and inbetween Cantabria and Basque lands is the heart of Old Castile, formerly inhabited by the Autrigones.

  • 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

Unsurprisingly enough, the main type found in the area is a classical North Iberian type that now and then shows similarities with archetypal Basque types without being exactly similar (dinaromorphism being the main common trait).

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

Stocky brahyorphic types do look rather pan-Iberian.

  • Final morphotypes :


  1. They do NOT look very much Basque-looking, with some exceptions.

  2. My feelings too : archetypal Basque types disappear quite quickly as one leaves Basque lands, at least in the Iberian peninsula (but in France as well).

    Still, there are similarities : within the Iberian context, it is quite clear that those individuals share more with Basque people (triangle-shaped head, convex nose, ...) than with other Iberian sub-ethnicities (stocky round-headed Galicians, Berid people from La Mancha, Nordoid "horsy" Portuguese people from Minho, ...).

    To be honest, I think the same applies in France with Gascon people : only areas next to Basque lands show a fair share of archetypal Basque phenotypes, the rest still is within the same spectrum (on average, what I call "dinaromorphic Atlanto-Meds") without the definite traits that would make you say "this individual is Basque-looking".


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