French archaeologists discovered the bodies of 21 German soldiers who fought in World War I. The men were buried alive in 1918 after an Allied shell exploded over their underground shelter and caused the structure to cave in on them.

The bodies were discovered in eastern France near the town of Carspach. The Daily Mail, The Sun, and The Daily Telegraph posted photos of the excavation site.

Some of the men were found in sitting positions on a bench, others lying down, said lead archaeologist Michael Landolt, The Sun reported. One was projected down a flight of wooden stairs and was found in a fetal position. The collapsed shelter was filled with soil. The items were very well preserved because of the absence of air and light and water. Metal objects were rusty, wood was in good condition and we found some pages of newspapers that were still readable. Leather was in good condition as well, still supple.

Here are other ways in which bodies have been preserved. Warning: some of the images may be a bit graphic.