Why do we bury people six feet deep? Who came up with that distance? Why not four feet or ten feet?

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Not 100+ years ago; generally, most people tended to be shorter than the current average height.

I think it was calculated once due to water levels...

From http://mentalfloss.com/article/...rd-grave-depth

It all started with the plague: The origins of “six feet under” come from a 1665 outbreak in England. As the disease swept the country, the mayor of London literally laid down the law about how to deal with the bodies to avoid further infections. Among his specifications—made in “Orders Conceived and Published by the Lord Major and Aldermen of the City of London, Concerning the Infection of the Plague”—was that “all the graves shall be at least six feet deep.”

The law eventually fell out of favor both in England and its colonies. Modern American burial laws vary from state to state, though many states simply require a minimum of 18 inches of soil on top of the casket or burial vault (or two feet of soil if the body is not enclosed in anything). Given an 18-inch dirt buffer and the height of the average casket (which, based on the ones I just looked at, appears to be approximately 30 inches), a grave as shallow as four feet would be fine.

Maybe it's the average frost line.

Not sure but i think grave robbers and wild animals,has something to do with it..

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