Terminal Consequences - Oslo, Norway
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
N 59° 54.270 E 010° 41.100
32V E 594249 N 6641974
Quick Description: This Engrish sign about conserving ship artifacts is located inside the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, Norway. The sign is located on the rear inside wall of the museum (i.e., at the top of the cross in the cross-shaped building).
Location: Oslo, Norway
Date Posted: 7/1/2015 8:06:52 AM
Waymark Code: WMP4VH
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
Views: 24

Long Description:
There are several misspellings and grammar issues with the sign, but the funny translation is the use of the term "TERMINAL CONSEQUENCES" for inanimate objects (the wooden artifacts).

The plaque reads:

"What can be done to prevent the artefacts from the Oseberg mound from degrade? Research to conserve the Oseberg find is proceeding on three main fronts:

- Elucidating the current condition of the physical and chemical composition on the wood in the artefacts

- Examining whether existing conservation methods can be adapted and used

- Developing completely new conservation methods

This is urgent! The researchers face difficult choices and their decisions may have terminal consequences:

Should the researchers take action now, halting the degradation before it goes too far? They are concerned that the existing methods may not be sufficient since there is a lack of knowledge of how current methods last over time. Or whether there are unforeseen problems connected to them.

Should conservation wait until the researchers have found new and better methods? This risks that the artefacts will disintegrate while awaiting new treatment. How long can they wait?"
Original Language: Norwegian

Translation of foreign language portion of the sign:
The plaque should have said: "What can be done to prevent the ARTIFACTS from the Oseberg mound from DEGRADING? Research to conserve the Oseberg find is proceeding on three main fronts: - Elucidating the current condition of the physical and chemical composition on the wood in the ARTIFACTS - Examining whether existing conservation methods can be adapted and used - Developing completely new conservation methods This is urgent! The researchers face difficult choices and their decisions may have DISASTROUS consequences: Should the researchers take action now, halting the degradation before it goes too far? They are concerned that the existing methods may not be sufficient since there is a lack of knowledge of how current methods last over time. Or whether there are unforeseen problems connected to them. Should conservation wait until the researchers have found new and better methods? THE RISK IS that the ARTIFACTS will disintegrate while awaiting new treatment. How long can they wait?"


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