A rather specialized question: On my November 2009 visit, I found for the first time the site of Karnei Hittin (the Horns of Hittin), the site of the climatic battle on July 4,1187 where the forces of Saladin defeated the Crusaders and doomed the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem. I have a particular fascination with Crusader period (interest -- not admiration); I'm now in the process of listening to a 30-hour lecture series on the Crusader period through the Great Courses audio program. When I left the road to see what was there, I was very surprised that while it is a national park, there is really nothing there at all (at least that I could find). This is the site of what was one of the most important battles in world history, the turning point of the whole Crusader enterprise, but there is no interpretation or development of the site. Perhaps this is an American reaction -- the scenes of our major battles, particularly in the Civil War -- are major national parks with all kinds of historic interpretation.
So, two questions:
(1) For the guides and others knowledgeable about such issues, is there any prospect for more being done with this site?
(2) Is it possible to walk the site itself? When I went, I only found a dirt road that ended with a fence. I could not find a way in.
Thanks for any light you can shed!
Douglas DuckettEdited: 9:17 am, March 13, 2013