Anthropological study in a Visigothic graveyard in Portugal
[Thanks to Kukul-Kan for providing the study and thanks to Silveira for the English translation]
The anthropological study of human remains from the Visigothic necropolis in Silveirona, on the outskirts of Estremoz, allowed us to obtain the median stature of around fifty adult individuals, both male and female, as being of 1.65m and 1.53m, respectively. Identical work, using the same methodology, presented 1.68m and 1.57m for adult males and females found in necropolae dating from the same period located in Alcoitão and Abuxarda, in the concelho (municipality) of Cascais (Cunha, 1958-59, p.42). The observed statures are, on average, inferior to those of the modern Portuguese population.

The cranial characteristics of the Silveirona skeletons are very similar to those of the modern Portuguese, displaying however a greater degree of dolicocephalism. This aspect, the observed statures, as well as the parallells with necropolae excavated in Spain allowed A. Xavier da Cunha (1958-59, p.42, 47) to conclude, following earlier observations made by J. de Barros e Cunha (1940, 692), that there exists racial continuity from the period in question, despite nordic or center-european influences, the populations in question not being visigothic in the strict sense but rather "visigothized".

The anthropoligical study of the material at the Segóbriga necropolis indicated, similarly, the
preponderance of the mediterranean gracile type. (Almagro, 1975, p.132).
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O estudo antropológico dos restos humanos procedentes da necrópole visigótica da Silveirona, nos arredores de Estremoz, permitiu obter a estatura média para cerca de meia centena de indivíduos adultos, do sexo masculino e do feminino, sendo, respectivamente, de 1,65 m e 1,53 m. Trabalho idêntico, seguindo a mesma metodologia, indicou 1,68 m e 1,57 m para os indivíduos adultos, do sexo masculino e feminino, inumados nas necrópoles, de igual período, de Alcoitão e Abuxarda, no concelho de Cascais (Cunha, 1958-59, p. 42). As estaturas observadas são, em média, algo inferiores às da população portuguesa actual.

As características cranianas dos esqueletos da Silveirona são muito semelhantes às dos portugueses actuais, embora se tenha reconhecido maior grau de dolicocefalia. Este aspecto e as estaturas, assim como os paralelos com os resultados obtidos para necrópoles escavadas em Espanha, permitiu concluir, a A. Xavier da Cunha (1958-59, p. 42, 47), na sequência das observações já antes efectuadas por J. de Barros e Cunha (1940, p. 692), ter existido, para o período em questão, continuidade racial, embora sob influência nórdica ou centro-europeia, tratando-se, pois, de populações não estrictamente visigóticas mas, sobretudo, "visigotizadas".

O estudo antropológico do material da necrópole de Segóbriga indicou, igualmente, preponderância do tipo mediterrâneo grácil (Almagro, 1975, p. 132).
This study showed quite clearly that by the VII century AD, the Visigothic invaders were already highly mixed with the Roman-Iberian bulk of the population. From these facts, backed by the archaeological and anthropological findings from studies such as this one, we can believe that it would be completely ridiculous to assume that there was some sort of "pure" Nordic elite of Gothic stock responsible for the Golden Century of both Iberian countries.

These evidences, added to the whole rest, refute once again Arthur Kemp's imaginative (delusional) theories of any sort of Nordic purity of blood in the XVI century Iberian Peninsula. The evidences are not surprising, if one remembers
king Recesvinthus' Forum Judicum allowing marriages between Goths and Iberians in the late VII century. We can even assume that those laws only made legal what was already a common practice between Goths and Iberians.
Refuting Kemp
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