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Old September 9th, 2012, 12:00 AM   #1

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what did the goths look like?


I know they were an east germanic tribe but what did they look like? blonde hair blue eyes? or were they more black hair brown eyes (balkan looking) or more slavic looking?
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Think they were from Sweden, so probably blonde, but I don't know of any evidence.
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Old September 9th, 2012, 01:45 AM   #3

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Think they were from Sweden, so probably blonde, but I don't know of any evidence.
They weren't from Sweden, but from somewhere in the eastern Slavic area. The old theory was that they settled in Sweden among other places, but this has also been questioned by modern scholarship.
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Old September 10th, 2012, 01:32 AM   #5
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They weren't from Sweden, but from somewhere in the eastern Slavic area. The old theory was that they settled in Sweden among other places, but this has also been questioned by modern scholarship.
Less 'questioned' and mostly 'fiercely debated'.

Out of Scandinavia is a very firmly held belief in some quarters and not just the Goths, but the Vandals from northern Denmark and the Burgundians from the island of Borkholm.

The main problem is that the modern canon of strict critical analysis maintains that it doesn't do any good to speak of Goths before Wielbark/Przeworsk in modern day Poland because that is where the Goths start archaeologically.

But again, some archaologists will point to earlier archaeology and the bronze age trade between Gotland and the Lusatian culture.

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By the time the Goths got down to the Black Sea, they were very much admixed with other cultures so there isn't a typical 'look'. Maybe the Royal House still had its orginal lineage, whatever that may have been, but most of the tribal grouping had changed.

One of the practices they adopted from the Steppes peoples was that of
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Old September 10th, 2012, 07:43 AM   #8
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They weren't from Sweden, but from somewhere in the eastern Slavic area. The old theory was that they settled in Sweden among other places, but this has also been questioned by modern scholarship.
Of course it's no proof, but one wonders why they had a story of three ships coming from Scandza, where there still today are place names like Gotland, Götaland etc.
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Of course it's no proof, but one wonders why they had a story of three ships coming from Scandza, where there still today are place names like Gotland, Götaland etc.
If we look to the Wielbark and the early Oksywie-culture, we can see connections with Sweden. As starkodder said, Gotaland seems to be a withness for a scandinavian origin. That doesn't mean, that Swedish warrior and families walked to the south and arrived 500 years later as such in Spain. The Goth had several stages of ethnogenesis and were subjected to a lot of foreign influence by the native populations.
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i was thinking the same, all black clothes, black hair and nail polish and lipstick. creepy..
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