A major Syrian city on the east bank of the Orontes river, being at a junction of important trade routes Hamath was an important city. Hamath was a significant neighbor for Israel (with friendly relations in David's time (2 Sam 8:9f.). It has been extensively excavated and interesting finds include a sanctuary with:
"a huge stone basin and two stone altars, one of which had the shape of an empty throne with armrests representing sphinxes. The basin and the throne obviously correspond to the Copper Sea and the cherubim-borne mercy seat in the contemporary temple of Jerusalem." (Marie-Louise Buhl, 35)
The city ended some time around the end of the eighth century in a "conflagration which was so vehement that even some basalt sculptures and bowls partly melted." (Marie-Louise Buhl, 35)
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