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April 8: Expert to discuss significance of castle

FREDERICK, Md.—An expert in medieval archaeology and castles will give a lecture in German April 8 at 7 p.m. in the Hodson Science and Technology Center, Room 131, at Hood College.

In his presentation, “König Artus auf Schloss Runkelstein,” or “King Arthur at Castle Runkelstein,” Armin Torggler will explore the history of Castle Runkelstein in South Tyrol, Italy, under the Vintler family and analyze the famous Gothic-era frescos that adorn the interior of the ancient structure. He will also discuss why King Arthur figures prominently in these frescos.

Scott Pincikowski, Ph.D., professor of German, will provide an English translation.

Torggler is the director of Bozner Castles in Bozen, Italy. He earned a master of arts degree in archaeology and history from the University of Innsbruck. He has curated exhibitions in South Tyrol on medieval archaeology, specifically on medieval castles, and he has published numerous articles on Castle Runkelstein.

Organized by the department of foreign languages and literatures, the lecture is sponsored by the Charlotte Moran Foreign Language Visiting Scholar Fund, the provost’s office, the English department and the department of art and archaeology.

For more information about the lecture, contact Pincikowski at or 301-696-3475.