What was the physical appearance of the Elamites?

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Herodotus refered to them as "Asiatic Ethiopians". They seem have had some kind of frizzy hair, the certain type that can be found in their neighbours the Mesopotamianss oftenly. They had an isolated language was we all know, but is there no possibilty they were maybe only distantly related to the semites?
 
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Also their architecture was extremely solid and accurate. We can safely conclude they were a civilised on a very high level.



 
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Now, if we look at the bible.

Elam עֵילָם) in the [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hebrew_Bible"]Hebrew Bible[/ame] ([ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Genesis"]Genesis[/ame] 10:22, [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Ezra"]Ezra[/ame] 4:9 is said to be one of the sons of [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shem"]Shem[/ame], the son of [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noah"]Noah[/ame]. It is also used (as in [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akkadian_language"]Akkadian[/ame]), for the ancient country of [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elam"]Elam[/ame] in what is now southern [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran"]Iran[/ame], whose people the Hebrews believed to be the offspring of Elam, son of Shem. This implies that the Elamites were considered [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semites"]Semites[/ame] by the Hebrews, although their language was not [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semitic_languages"]Semitic[/ame], but is considered a [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linguistic_isolate"]linguistic isolate[/ame]. This modern categorization does not conflict with the Hebrew Bible, since it holds that the diversity of human languages originated at the Tower of Babel.
 
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I may want to add by these conclusions that I highly doubt they were related to the Dravidians.
 
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I may want to add by these conclusions that I highly doubt they were related to the Dravidians.
Depends on how you define "Dravidians" . Dravidian being a linguistic group encompass all varieties of physical types.Though the austro asiatic element is pretty strong. But according to Tamil and other texts, around the medieval era lots of tribal people were recently brought into proper South Indian society due to decline in populations due to frequent warfare etc. So it would appear the earlier Dravidians were more Caucasoid than they are today.
 

civfanatic

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Yeah, there is no such thing as a "Dravidian" phenotype or physical look. Both of the below individuals are Dravidians from the same ethno-linguistic group (Telugu), and neither look is considered out of the ordinary. In fact, my own extended family has members resembling both of the below individuals:



 
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