Saturday, February 20, 2010

Yucatán (Mexico)

Before the arrival of the Spanish in the area, Yucatán was the home of the Maya civilization. The Maya area was initially inhabited around the 10th century BC. Recent discoveries of Maya occupation at Cuello in Belize have been carbon dated to around 2600 BC.

The Spanish conquest of the Maya city-states took decades of long fighting. The Mayan language still is spoken by a third of the population of the state, especially in rural areas.

  • Sample :
Full scale

  • Brief anthropological analysis :

- Type 1 :
Dark complexion (black eyes, black and rather smooth hair, brown skin, ...), brachymorphic, stocky general features, rectangular face, broad but rather straight nose, sparsity of mongoloid eye features, deeply drawn lines around the oral cavity
~ Centralid

This Central American type - made famous by Olmec art - is autochtonous to eastern and southern Mexico (Aztec and Maya lands) and used to reach the southern coast of the USA. In Yucatán it is undoubtedly linked with strong Maya ancestry. More elongated and less stocky variants are to be found :

- Type 2 : Intermediate complexion (black-grey eyes, black-brown hair, rather "white" skin, ...), more or less leptomorphic, straight or convex nose, sparse Amerindian secondary traits
~ Altered Caucasoid (Mediterranoid)

Describing New-World types is uneasy : depending on individuals, Amerindian admixture will be strong or nearly invisible. Basically speaking, those people fall within European variation and would pass unnoticed in Mediterranean Europe. Some recombinations do give an interesting pseudo-Berid look :

  • Final morphotypes :


  1. brave Herau !!! i like the classifications too!


  2. Bethlehem was originally a Horite settlement, according to Chronicles 4:4, which lists Hur (Hor) as the "father of Bethlehem". Bethlehem is less than 10 miles from Mt. Hor. The original Horite territory appears to have extended north-southeast between Mount Hor and Mt. Harun.


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