FWIW, Haggard's Kukuana in King Solomon's Mines apparently wouldn't have actually been able to preserve their kings, just their bones. Pity, it made a nice detail in the story.
Saturday, April 18, 2015
A Neanderthal apparently fell down into a cave and died, and his remains are embedded in stalactite formation along the wall. That first image is good and creepy, and I expect there'll be Halloween masks of it this fall. Extraction would probably take years, but they got a chunk of shoulder blade loose and were even able to get mDNA from it: he's about 150,000 years old, or thereabouts. Linked mainly for the pictures.