reply to post by punkinworks
Please, tell me you're joking...
First of all, Europe can only be divided - more or less accurately, that is - into regions
, not countries.
(The political boundaries are, and have been throughout history, FAR too arbitrary to really mean anything.)
And that's exactly what contemporary European policies are geared towards, with a very good reason.
The people who live in the region called Tyrol - in very recent times divided into Tirol (Austria) and the Alto Adige (Italy) - can only be called
Tyroleans. Ethnically, the population is very mixed (except for a few valleys), but the predominant family language is German, with the according
(It's the truth, as anyone who is familiar with the reality "on the ground" - I am - could attest. I am certainly not going to discuss this any
further - it's off-topic, thank God.
But at the time, not even the term "Tyrolean" could apply, except as a joke.
We're talking about the Europe of thousands of years ago, when even the continent didn't have its present name!
Anyway, his DNA seems to indicate a Ladino origin, according to this
, which has the added bonus of confirming the plausibility of the "outcast" theory.
To anyone interested in this subject I would recommend Mallory's book
In Search of the Indo-Europeans
[edit on 26-6-2008 by Vanitas]