Sepulcrum ( lat. Grave of sepelio resting place ) denotes the Roman burial place , the tomb , the crypt , also the place where a corpse is burned ( funeral pyre ).
Derived from this the Christian burial place, a burial or a tomb ( cenotaph ).
It also denotes the inscriptions on a memorial stone. In pre-Christian times, the term was used for a place of mortuary, i.e. a place where the corpses were cremated. In addition, the vessel or cavity in which the bones and human remains of saints and martyrs are set in an altar is known as the sepulcrum.
Karl Ernst Georges: Comprehensive Latin-German concise dictionary. Hannover 81918 (Reprint Darmstadt 1998), Volume 2, Col. 2616.