Thursday, July 5, 2012

Oran's Jews (Algeria)

Contrary to other North African communities, most Jews in Oran descended from Iberian Jews expelled from the peninsula.

  • Sample :
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  • Brief anthropological analysis :

- Type 1 :
Intermediate complexion (black eyes though light eyes are not uncommon, black hair, tanned skin, ...), leptomorphic, arched convex nose (droopy tip), close-set eyes, full lips, deeply drawn lines around the oral cavity
~ Dinaromorphic Mediterranean


I've now thought to get rid of my antiquated terminology in favour of more simple items but I'm a romantic so I still use it. Basically speaking, we have got lepto against brachy. Those are the lepto individuals from the sample : the type is mostly masculine with very few women being elongated. 

Some individuals look plainly European (Italian, Iberian, ...) while others show features rather associated with the Middle-East.

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


Brachymorphic types seem to be quite widespread in this sample. Convex-nosed types dubbed "Armenoid" might be more typical. The least that can be said is that those people differ from local Muslim Algerians.

  • Final morphotypes :