Eventually, graveyards became overcrowded hotbeds for disease, as more and more bodies were packed into limited space. Concern over infectious outbreaks near graveyards located in populated areas led to an alternative solution. Cemeteries were created away from town centers, and these new burial places were not necessarily connected to a particular church. While we often use the words "graveyard" and "cemetery" interchangeably now, "graveyard" is a much older term.
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A Potter's Field refers to a mass graveyard for the poor or unknown dead. The term "Potter's Field" actually comes from the Bible. Before hanging himself, Judas cast away the silver he'd received for betraying Jesus. The priests did not want the tainted money to go into the charity box, so they used it to buy land for the burial of strangers. The field they purchased was considered land of poor quality--consisting of clay used by potters as opposed to rich soil useful in agriculture--hence the name. Interestingly enough, Judas plays a part in many morbid superstitions--see my posts on The Number 13 and The Origin of Superstitions.
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