Good day everyone,
I am in the process of starting a group in Pennsylvania, USA, which we would like to portray people from 10th Century Birka and surrounding areas.
All the people in our group come from the reenacting world (WWII, WWI, US Civil War, Etc) but we are pretty much brand new to the Viking era and really want to do right by this impression as we will be one of the only groups in our area that does such an impression.
Basically, I am looking for historical research on things like clothing styles (I have a bit but could never have enough to satiate my curiosity), foods for all different classes of people, common occupations (types of traders as well, as I know that there would have been many)
Really any and all information would be deeply appreciated.
I am also interested in finding people who make period stuff for kit such as pouches, clothing, and etc. Plenty of weaponsmiths around here who can forge us anything we need, but very few historically accurate Viking age clothing suppliers to my knowledge.
Again, any and all help would be deeply appreciated!