Posted by gertrude on May 27, 2002 at 10:57:24:
In Reply to: Re: what about the influence of the franks/venetians on the islands? posted by dino on May 27, 2002 at 04:06:52:
"The Greeks of the great period of Athenian civilization were thus the product of much mixture from diverse ethnic sources, as the study of the origin of the Greek language also reveals.
The skeletal record can, in part, supplement the evidence of reconstructed history. Six skulls from Hagias Kosmas near Athens represent the period of amalgamation of Neolithic Mediterranean, Danubian, and Cycladic elements, between 2500 and 2200 B.C.21 Three are dolichocephalic, one mesocephalic, and two brachyceplialic. The faces of all are narrow, the noses leptorrhine, the orbits high. >>One may conclude that a Cretan type of Mediterranean and the Cypriote Dinaric form were loth present.<<"
This mesocephaly probably conceals the presence of a varied racial amalgam, with Mediterranean strains predominant. The Greek colonies in Asia Minor show much the same combination of types which we have seen in Greece itself.26 >>Mixture with Asiatics must have been masked by the essential racial similarity of the populations on either side of the Aegean<<"
from Coon "(Chapter V, section 4"
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