Saturday, July 7, 2012

El Ferrol : Galicia (Spain)

Galicia, northern Portugal, Asturias, western León, and Zamora formed a single megalithic area since the Neolithic and Chalcolithic (also called Copper Age) Ages, around 4500–1500 BCE. Historians believe that Megalithic culture had two sources: an oriental source that was predominant in the Mediterranean area, and one in the Atlantic, which originated north of the Tagus River. The latter, because of its geographical proximity to Galicia, would explain the abundant traces of megalithic culture in this area. That this should be the first great culture also meant that it constituted one of the basic pillars that was to endow Galicia's cultural personality.

At the end of the Iron Age, people from northwestern Iberian Peninsula conformed already a homogeneous cultural unity which differentiated themselves from others and which later would be identified by the early Greek and Latin authors, calling to this group of peoples with the name of Gallaeci (Galicians).

  • Sample :

Larger size

  • Brief anthropological analysis :

- Type 1 : Dark complexion, leptomorphic, gracile general features, narrow "horsy" face, long and narrow nose, high cheekbones, a rather broad jaw, close-set eyes (rather light on average), rather narrow eyelids
~ Nordo-Mediterranoid

I have already identified this leptomorphic "horsy" type in Western Iberia countless times, not taking pigmentation into account. I associate it strongly with Portugal. One can already notice the strong "Nordoid" trends in some individuals which are absolutely prevailing around Braga for instance.

The difference with other Portuguese or Galician samples so far is that this sample is rather on par with Asturian samples as far as brachy/lepto distribution is concerned : to sum up, following Alpinoid types are much more frequent than such "horsy" types.

- Type 2 : Dark complexion (dark hair but rather pale skin), brachymorphic, broad face, round features, short and broad nose, wide-set eyes, wide-spaced sloping and rather chinky eyes
~ Alpinoid

This type is abundantly found in Portuguese and adjacent NW Spanish areas : wide-spaced sloping eyes, a short broad nose and thick browridges are quite ethnic. Fairer individuals than usual are not rare as well.

Eventually, still rather brachymorphic, showing features identified on the previous individuals ("puffy" ones), are individuals which are some sort of combo of both ideal types. They might constitute an average Galician as proved by the morphotype.

  • Final morphotypes :


  1. Ok, your not giving yourself any anti-facist credits by frequently labelling people as having 'chinky eyes'.

    Also, what is this business I've read of 'the females' being 'less impressive' than 'the males?' That my friend, SMACKS of Eugenia.

    Im curious though, less impressive in what way?

    Do you judge gods children by how 'convex' their nose is? Or by how 'horsey' their face is?

    Type up your little disclaimers all you want, any sane, enlightened person can see what your doing is fucking weird anyway.

  2. It was high time someone realized I am weird, thanks.

  3. I notice a light nordoid influence too : suevian kingdom impact ?


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