Yes, interestingly among Slavic countries Sarmatism concept among nobility was mostly upheld and lived by Poles, Croats and Muscovy :)

"Sarmatism greatly affected the culture, lifestyle and ideology of the Polish nobility. It was unique for its cultural mix of eastern, western and native traditions. Sarmatism considerably influenced the noble cultures of other contemporary states — Moldavia, Transylvania, Habsburg Hungary and Croatia, Wallachia and Muscovy."

This is great to see, that it's still upheld in Croatia! Great culture it was.

In Poland it is also upheld in film/theatre:



They also have displays in primary school where they teach it as part of history:

[img width=700 height=393]http://www.psp.bodzechow.info/n/images/stories/sarmatyzm/sarmatyzm27.jpg” />


[img width=700 height=393]http://www.psp.bodzechow.info/n/images/stories/sarmatyzm/sarmatyzm02.jpg” />

Other general modern photos of Sarmatism upheld in Poland:


[img width=700 height=525]http://www.dobroni.pl/foto_galeria/3591-2713.jpg” />


Maybe though this should be rather in Sarmatism thread you made.

Yes, Danubian theory, Slavs as direct descendants of neolithic cultures of Starcevo, Vinca, Vucedol, than later Illyrians, Thracians… It's all well explained in Nestor's chronicle.
This old/new theory gain more and more support among scholars, especially in Russia.

So, here are official thoeries:

Homeland debate

The location of the Slavic homeland has been the subject of significant debate. The Prague-Penkov-Kolochin complex of cultures of the 6th to 7th centuries CE are generally accepted to reflect the expansion of Slavic-speakers at that time. Serious candidates for the core from which they expanded are cultures within the territories of modern Belarus, Poland, and Ukraine. The proposed frameworks are:

Historical distribution of the Slavic languages. The larger shaded area is the Prague-Penkov-Kolochin complex of cultures of the 6th to 7th centuries, likely corresponding to the spread of Slavic-speaking tribes of the time. The smaller shaded area indicates the core area of Slavic river names (after Mallory & Adams (1997:524ff).

1.Milograd culture hypothesis: The pre-Proto-Slavs (or Balto-Slavs) were the bearers of the Milograd culture (7th century BCE to 1st century CE) of northern Ukraine and southern Belarus.

2.Chernoles culture hypothesis: The pre-Proto-Slavs were the bearers of the Chernoles culture (750–200 BCE) of northern Ukraine, and later the Zarubintsy culture (3rd century BCE to 1st century CE).

3.Lusatian culture hypothesis: The pre-Proto-Slavs were present in north-eastern Central Europe since at least the late 2nd millennium BCE, and were the bearers of the Lusatian culture (1300–500 BCE), and later the Przeworsk culture (2nd century BCE to 4th century CE).

4.Danube basin hypothesis: postulated by Oleg Trubachyov; sustained at present by Florin Curta,[20] also supported by an early Medieval Slavic narrative source – Nestor's Chronicle

Let us see which will eventually be proved correct with time. ;)