AKELDAMA (a-kĕl'da-ma, ASV, NIV, RSV; Aceldama, a-sĕl'da-ma, kjv; Hakeldama, ha-kĕl'da-ma, jb, nasb; Gr. Akeldama). The field purchased with the money Judas received for betraying Christ (
Tradition has located the “Field of Blood” S of Jerusalem in theW of its junction with the Valley of the Kidron. Today there are some 1st-cent. tombs found in this area. The soil contains a kind of clay which is suitable for use in the manufacture of pottery and the area could be designated as the “ .”
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
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Tradition, which appears to go back to the 4th century, points to a level platform on, and some distance up, the southern slope of the Wady er Rababi () just before it joins the Kidron Valley. Upon this spot there is a very remarkable ruin (78 ft. x 57 ft.) which for many centuries was used as a charnel house. The earth here was reputed to have the property of quickly consuming dead bodies. So great was its reputation that vast quantities of it are said to have been transported in 1215 AD to the Campo Santo at Pisa.
When this building was standing entire, the bodies were lowered into it through five openings in the roof and then left to disintegrate, so that a few years ago there were very many feet of bones all over the floor. These have now been removed. A little Southeast of this ruin is a new Greek monastery erected in recent years over the remains of a large number of cave tombs; many of the bones from "Akeldama" are now buried here.