[ UK /ˈɒsjuːəɹˌi/ ]
  1. any receptacle for the burial of human bones
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How To Use ossuary In A Sentence

  • At Verdun, scene of the most murderous battle of the war, a massive ossuary was built to commemorate those 300,000 soldiers whose bodies had never been found or identified.
  • In the case of the James ossuary, for example, it's alleged that the forgers took an authentically old box that was inscribed simply ‘James, son of Joseph.’
  • Now according to some sources I've read, the bones are removed from the tomb and placed into the ossuary one year after the body was laid to rest.
  • Experts say the ossuary may have held the bones of James of Jerusalem, who is referred to in the New Testament as a brother of Jesus.
  • The practice is carried out under the auspices of the local Greek Orthodox priest: the remains being cleaned, bundled or boxed, labeled and then placed into a communal ossuary or storage building in the cemetery.
  • It has three main parts: the low density burial area; an individual ossuary tower; and a cloistered ossuary and store for cinerary remains.
  • The patina of the James Ossuary inscription was tested independently by IAA scientific committee members Yuval Goren (micromorphology) and Ayalon (mass spectrometry). Geologists: Ossuary Patina Faked
  • The ossuary contains the bones from six different people, including a male aged about sixty.
  • From the first century B.C. to about 70 A.D., it was the burial custom of Jews to place their dead in a cave for a year, then retrieve the bones and put them in an ossuary.
  • That could happen if - as is the case of the James ossuary - shallow carving was done over a deeply pitted surface.
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