- (in Roman catacombs) an arched recess for a sarcophagus.
Origin of arcosolium
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First, the arcosolium is not exclusively Christian in character.The Catacombs of Rome
William Henry Withrow
However, all tombs of this period fall into two groups, kk tombs and arcosolium tombs.
In arcosolium tombs the receptacles are benches cut in the wall, like the berths in a steamer's cabin.
Other forms of very frequent recurrence are the table tomb and arched tomb, or arcosolium.
Each side of the cubiculum, except that of the entrance, usually contains a recessed tomb, either a table-tomb or an arcosolium.