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Reasons You Never Knew Why People Are Buried 6 Feet Deep.

1. Gravedigger Safety.

Some people think 6 feet was just a matter of safety. Deeper graves might need bracing to prevent cave-ins. This would be especially true if the soil was sandy.

2. Average Gravedigger Height.

The depth could have also made grave digging easier. At 6 feet, an average-sized gravedigger could still toss dirt out with a shovel. He could also get in and out without a ladder. 

3. To Prevent Disturbing The Corpse

Grave robbery or "body snatching" was a serious problem in the early 1800s. This was especially true in England and Scotland. 

Medical schools in these places needed bodies for anatomical study. Some people met the demand by digging up fresh corpses.

Cemeteries had a lot of ways to deter grave robbers, including: Heavy stones slabs, stone boxes, locked above - ground vaults, mortsafes, iron, and stone devices used to protect graves.

People may have also buried bodies 6 feet deep to help prevent theft.

There was also concern that animals might disturb graves. Burying a body 6 feet deep may have been a way to stop animals from smelling the decomposing bodies.

A body buried 6 feet deep would also be safe from accidental disturbances like plowing.

4. To Prevent Spread Of Diseases

People have not always understood how diseases spread. During disease outbreaks, they may have feared that bodies could transmit disease.

While it is true that some illnesses like cholera and tuberculosis can infect people who handle bodies, this is not true for other diseases like bubonic plague. Still, this may be one of the reasons why people thought bodies should be buried 6 feet deep.

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