Maggie Peterson

Maggie Peterson
Academic Department Administrator
HAH 102
Hortense Amsterdam House
2110 G St NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

Forensic anthropology, bioarchaeology, human osteology, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), archaeological excavation, digitization, digital mapping and cartography.


Maggie is our full time Academic Department Administrator, an On-Call archaeologist, and a current GIS graduate student in the certificate program here at GW. This semester she is in a remote sensing course, and has experience with geospatial statistics, and programming for GIS. She plans to take her research and knowledge out into the field to delve deeper into the intersection of archaeology, forensic anthropology, and GIS, specifically using spatial statistics and mapping on the minute scale of the surface of bone. For more information see her LinkedIn page.

Current Research

Maggie is currently working on two separate projects as a GIS technician. The first project is digitizing an archaeological finds log from the 1970s of the site of Dún Ailinne. She is using the coordinates and creating digital points onto a map of the site. As one of the first students on the new Dún Ailinne archaeological field school in her undergraduate degree, this project is close to her heart.

The second project Maggie is working on is an important one to everyone affected by the pandemic. She is working with local DC artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg, as well as the Rituals in the Making team from GW -- lead by Dr. Sarah Wagner, in the digitization of Firstenberg's huge art installation called "In America: How could this happen?". The art installation was planted on a field west of RFK stadium, where one white flag was planted per one death of an American from COVID-19 from October-December 2020. Maggie is working with the artist directly to digitize each flag that was dedicated to someone who passed, creating a digital map of all of the flags in memoriam of these individuals. She also created a form for anyone in the public to fill out to request a flag to be added to the digital installation. You can see all of this on the In America webpage Maggie created


GIS Graduate Certification, est. 2021, The George Washington University

MSc, 2018, Bioarchaeological and Forensic Anthropology, University College London

BS, 2017, Biological Anthropology, The George Washington University