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The “potter” in “potter’s field”

Q: I’m an environmentalist doing research on Hart Island, the site of the potter’s field in NYC. How did a burial site for unclaimed bodies get this particular name? A: An old sense of the word “potter” as a vagrant or an itinerant peddler led to the use of the term “potter’s field” as a... ? Read More: The “potter” in “potter’s field”
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The Isolated Island Where New York's Unknown and Unclaimed Are Buried

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In its past, Hart Island in New York City has been a Civil War prison camp, a mental asylum, a workhouse for the poor, and even a missile base. But it's most prominent -and current- function is as potter's field, where the city buri...

Documentary filmmaker suing AP for ripping off footage of "prohibited" site

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Makers of the film Hart Island: An American Cemetery, about a small potter's field island in New York City where prison laborers bury the region's unclaimed mass dead in mass graves, are suing The Associated Press. The filmmakers sa...

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