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charnel house

A building or chamber for the deposit of the bones of the dead.
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The first, Empire of Death, is a cultural history of ossuaries and charnel houses (places where bones were stored).
What civilisation might have achieved if it had not sent an entire gener ation into the charnel houses of the Western Front is impossible to estimate.
Yet, there were always glimpses of a rare mind at work as this polymath focused on optics, the stars at night, the planets, or human anatomy (which, if my memory is serving me correctly, took Leonardo at night into the charnel houses among the dead, where he secretly opened up the cadavers in order to study a thigh or the bones of a foot or the structure of the intestine).
So much for the received picture of early hospitals as nothing but charnel houses for the old and terminally ill
By the middle of the 18th century it became fashionable for those with a big enough garden to embellish it with purpose-built ruins, grottoes, antique temples and charnel houses.