The Arvanites of Peloponnesus are Greeks Sept 16, 2016 19:17:49 GMT -5
Post by Hellenas on Sept 16, 2016 19:17:49 GMT -5
Arvanites and Tsakones of Peloponnesus
The Greek anthropologist Thomas Pitsios studied the Tsakones and Arvanites regarding their anthropological characteristics in a publication in the journal Anthropologischer Anzeiger, entitled "Anthropologische Untersuchung der Bevolkerung des Peloponnes unter besonderer Berucksichtigung der Arwaniten und Tsakonen".
The history of Arvanites is summarized and then referred to the dispute concerning the relationship with the Albanians. Then Pitsios examines the anthropological traits of Arvanites contrasting them with those resulting from the study of Albanians by Coon, a sample of over 1000 people. The table with the measurements are the following:
Albanians compared with the inhabitants of Peloponnesus in general and especially with Arvanites in Sofiko of Korinthos, in Ermionida of Argolis, Triphylia of Messinia and in Stymphalia of Korinthos. It shows that Albanians have a higher stature than the Peloponnesians, lower diameter of lower jaw, greater nose height, higher face index and lower nasal index.
Differences identified in other morphological features. Albanians have most often small nostrils, less often wavy hair, much less hair growth of beard, more often intermediate eye color. The results are given in a separate table in the study.
The data show that Albanians are showing the typical features of Dinarics, with high stature, without angles to the jaws, large nose height combined with leptorrinia(thin nose), leptoprosopy(thin face) trend, not strong facial hair growth and often intermediate eye color. In contrast, Arvanites of Greece diverge from these attributes.
The Peloponnesians belong in their majority to the known Helladic types, ie the Mediterranean, the Alpine, the dinaric and the Cromagnoid. The Arvanites not seem to stand out, displaying common features with other inhabitants of Peloponnesus.