Friday, September 24, 2010

Nabeul (Tunisia)

A former Roman colony, Nabeul's name is an Arabised form of the Greek Neapolis 'new city. It is located in Cap Bon, a peninsula in far northeastern Tunisia. Ruins of Punic town Kerkouane are located here. The Punics (from Latin pūnicus meaning in Phoenician) were a group of western Semitic-speaking peoples originating from CarthageNorth Africa who traced their origins to a group of Phoenician and Cypriot settlers, but also to North African Berbers. Punics were probably a mix of Berbers and Phoenicians in terms of culture and ancestry.

Addendum : Y-DNA in the Western Mediterranean

  • Sample :

Full scale

  • Brief anthropological analysis :

- Type 1 :
Dark complexion (black eyes, black hair, tanned skin, ...), leptomorphic, arched convex nose (droopy tip), close-set eyes, full lips, deeply drawn lines around the oral cavity
~ Dinaromorphic Mediterranean

This phenotype is what might be dubbed "Arabid" by most authors : it's very common in North Africa. Other classically North African Mediterranean types are to be found as well : larger face, large jaw, arched nose (droopy tip), ...

- Type 2 : Dark complexion (black eyes, black hair, ...), brachymorphic, coarse features, large face, massive and low-rooted nose that can get convex, full lips, somehow wide-set eyes
~ Alpinoid

Berberid features (little and low-rooted puffy nose, wide forehead, bulbous temples, ...) are not as obvious as in Kabyle lands.

  • Final morphotypes :