Arabian Veddoid

Group: Veddid


Ancient Vedda-like type of the Arabian Peninsula and South Iran, often heavily mixed. Found in the Mehri of South Oman, around Hadramaut in Yemen, Iranians of Susa, Makran, and Socotrans. Sometimes in Mesopotamia and even Nubia. This type could be linked to the ancestral Arabian population as well as the Dravidians of India.

Physical Traits:

Dark brown skin, curly (ringlet) black hair, rather short, macroskelic, endomorph to ectomorph. Meso- brachycephalic, very small-headed, mildly hypsicranic with a mildly leptorrhine and low nose. Deep set eyes, beard strong, and prognathism only mild.


Coon (1939), who named the type, linked it to Veddoids of Sri Lanka. Wissmann (1941) and Grohmann (1963) called it South Arabian race, based on material of H. Pch. Lundman (1967) reports it in ancient Elamites. Field (1949) recognized it in Iraq, Eickstedt (1934,1952) in South Iran and Hadramaut. Biasutti (1967) mentioned a "Dravidoid" type from Hadramaut.

Similar types:

Yemenid South Gondid
Proto Ethiopid Vedda
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