Peter Groom is an Environmentalist (MSc) and Experimental Archaeologist (MA) with an interest in the use of natural resources in the Mesolithic and Palaeolithic.


His Ph.D from the University of Edinburgh explored Mesolithic Coastal Fishing Practices and Shellfish Procurement in Western Scotland.


Peter draws on his extensive experience in habitat management, nature conservation and wilderness activities, and has worked for many years as a lecturer on these subjects.


Peter brings a valuable knowledge of plant species and seasonality to the Mesolithic Resource Group.


He has an array of Primitive and Traditional Skills and has worked extensively with the production and use of natural, plant based fibres. He organises and runs Bushcraft and Primitive Skills workshops.



Peter is Course Manager of the Environmental Archaeology and Primitive Skills Programme at Reaseheath College, Cheshire.


To visit the course page click here.




Selected publications

Schenck and Groom. 2016.

The aceramic production of Betula pubescens (downy birch) bark tar using simple raised structures. A viable Neanderthal technique?

Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, (), 1-11




Groom, Schenck and Pedersen.


Experimental explorations into the aceramic dry distillation of Betula pubescens (downy birch) bark tar. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences. Vol 7(1).


2013 Experiments with a finger drill. Bulletin of Primitive Technology. 46, 10-16.


Bonsall, Pickard, Groom.


Boats and Pioneer Settlement: The Scottish Dimension,

Norwegian Archaeological Review, 46/1.



Yarns in Ancient times. Yarnmaker. Vol 2:3.



Experimental archaeology: How can it help us to understand our links

with nature and the past? Nicolay 107:45-50


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