represent an admixture of European elements from an areawhere blondism has a high incidence? Both views are tenable."(Hiernaux, 1975)Although Hiernaux seems to favor possible genetic influence from northernEurope, I believe the long-term evidence clearly demonstrates an innatereluctance among Cro-Magnons to interact linguistically, culturally, orsexually with their neighbors, especially in ancient times, as reiterated bynumerousethnologists,linguists, andanthropologists.
The important thing in regard to their particular pattern of distribution is thatwhen the languages of these people are analyzed, it is apparent that they speak languages that are related to each other, but not related to the other languagesspoken throughout Europe and the Near East. I have named this family of languages the Berber-Ibero-Basque Complex. The languages involved are veryold, going back at least to the Neolithic Age, and possibly dating back to thePaleolithic cultures of the Ice Age.
AQUITANIAN AND LUSITANIAN
Not much is known of these two languages²Aquitanian and Lusitanianinscriptions are nonexistent in the original script. The Aquitanian and Basquelanguages are presently believed to be remnants of an Ice Age Paleolithiclanguage spoken in Western Europe. Other than a few place and tribe namestransmitted by Greek and Latin writers, the main data come from Latininscriptions found mainly along the high basin of the Garonne in Aquitania.(Gorrochategui, 2003)With regard to the relations between it and the Iberian and Basque languages,the Aquitanian language is a kind of missing link, but a very special one.Aquitanian names resemble the Iberian personal names. Many, especially thegod names, are compounded in the same manner as the Iberian ones. TheRoman geographer Strabo (
, IV,1,1) states that their language andphysical appearance demonstrate their kinship to Iberians.Archaeological, toponymical and historical evidence strongly suggest thatAquitanian was a dialect of the Basque language. The evidence appears asvotive and funerary inscriptions found along the Rhine River (at Hagenbach),inscribed in Latin characters, which contain some four hundred personalnames as well as numerous names of deities. Aquitanian has even beensuggested as the
of Basque. (Trask, 1997)As a matter of fact, the Aquitanian language is considered by many to be OldBasque: this because of the coincidence between Aquitanian personal namebases and the Basque lexicon (i.e., meanings of the names can be determinedusing a Basque lexicon). According to Gorrochategui (1993), most Aquitaniannames have admissible interpretations by the Basque lexicon, especially thenames of Aquitanian deities.Even less is known of another Iberian language spoken by the Lusitani of