TRENCIN, Slovakia —Ten teams from Slovakia, Poland and Hungary on Thursday turned mounds of ground in a competition to crown the fastest gravediggers in central Europe.

The Grave Digging Championships held in the Slovakian city of Trencin was meant to promote the funeral industry and bring some levity to a serious profession.

The contest graded teams on speed and accuracy, as graves had to be dug to exact specifications: 5 feet deep, 6.5 feet long and 3 feet wide.

No modern tools were allowed, only shovels and picks.