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Definition of TANIS
ancient city N Egypt in E Nile Delta near Lake Tanis
Variants of TANIS
Ta·nis or biblical Zo·an\ˈzō-ˌan\
Ancient city, Egypt. Its remains are located in the Nile River delta. Capital of a province of Lower Egypt and, under the 21st and 22nd dynasties (c. 1075–c. 700 BC), of the whole country, it was important as one of the ports nearest to the Asian seaboard. In 1939 several intact royal tombs containing silver coffins, gold masks, and gold and silver jewelry were excavated within the ancient main temple enclosure.