Courses

We offer courses, workshops, and demonstrations in a range of primitive skills and ancient technologies.

Experimental archaeology

Through reconstruction or living history role-play, we aim to discover how our Mesolithic ancestors procured and processed materials, such as creating tar or clothing fibres.

Primitive skills

Investigate the techniques that Prehistoric people used to create tools, clothes, and other resources, and learn the bushcraft skills they would have used for navigation and tracking.

Woodland skills

Explore the techniques of woodland management and greenwood working, or discover traditional crafts such as charcoal burning and basket-weaving.

Experimental archaeology

Experimental archaeology is a discipline which uses contextual experiments to aid our interpretation of archaeological data.

contextual archaeology experiments

Experimental reconstruction and experiential archaeology are often used to engage public interest in our past or as an educational medium, most notably through reconstruction or living history role-play. Not only does experiential archaeology open up the past, providing an insight into the Life-ways of our ancestors, it is also a most effective method of learning.

Participants who engage in our activities or workshops discover for themselves how Mesolithic hunter-gatherers procured and processed a range of materials, as well as learning and appreciating the skills of our ancestors.

We work mostly with materials and technologies that we can harvest and manufacture ourselves. For example, natural fibres for cordage or containers, stone tools, food procurement and processing. Our experiments and activities are generally field-based; we believe that working in this way provides us with insights that a lab environment does not.

To book a course, or for more information, please contact Peter on peter@mesolithic.org.uk.

Primitive skills

Primitive skills involves a range of ancient technologies and techniques to discover how Prehistoric people lived.

Primitive skills involve attaining a knowledge of the environment and how to use the raw resources found in it. By using these skills together with experimental archaeology, we can interpret how our ancestors would have lived.

These techniques comprise a ranging and well-rounded skill set including bushcraft which involve navigation and tracking, resource and food procurement as well as crafts. Crafts are possibly one of the most practised of primitive skills and can include making cordage, clothes, various hand tools, fishing traps and hunting tools.

To book a course, or for more information, please contact Peter on peter@mesolithic.org.uk.

Woodland skills

Explore techniques found in woodland management or traditional woodland crafts such as greenwood working, charcoal making and basket weaving.

Woodland skills encompass the use and procurement of materials found within woodlands as well as management techniques.

These skills and techniques have been used by many woodland cultures throughout history and can range from foraging and food preparation to woodland management. Often incorporating traditional crafts such as charcoal burning, greenwood skills, basket weaving, natural art and temporary structures.

To book a course, or for more information, please contact Peter on peter@mesolithic.org.uk.