Cantabria is divided into two cultural areas. In the East is the heart of Castile where Castilian is spoken. In the East are lands which belonged to the former Astur-Leonese Kingdom. We'll first deal with Eastern Cantabria.
- Sample :
- Brief anthropological analysis :
- Type 1 : Intermediate complexion (from blonde to dark hair, black/grey eyes, rather pale skin on average, ...), leptomorphic, long face (particularly on males), straight or convex nose rather parallel to the face, rather close-set eyes, pointy chin, large jaw
~ (Dinaricized) Atlanto-Mediterranean
Unsurprisingly enough, the area is largely dominated by a well-defined ethnic type akin to the Basque type. It should be no surprise indeed since Castilian is now largely admitted to be a Romance language on a Basque substrate. Placenames in Eastern Cantabria might show Basque influence as well.
- Type 2 : Dark complexion (dark hair, black eyes, ...), more or less brachymorphic, reduced and "puffy" features, in some cases high-headed, rather little nose (on males at least), strong jaw, close-set eyes
A very classical North Iberian type, already identified in areas such as Burgos or the Basque Country. Some lighter individuals exhibiting classical Alpinid features (distances eyes, concave nose, brachymorphism, ...) might be more atypical.
- Final morphotypes :