Tanis In popular culture

In the 1981 film Raiders of the Lost Ark, Tanis was said to be the resting place of the Ark of the Covenant which was hidden in a secret chamber called the Well of Souls. Tanis was inaccurately depicted as having been destroyed in a sand storm and buried until 1936 when it was discovered by a German expedition outside Cairo. In fact, Tanis was the site of numerous archaeological digs beginning in the 19th century, involving Flinders Petrie and Auguste Mariette.

In the film Pandorum, Earth - in the year 2174 - has grown overpopulated and humanity has fought over the last natural resources. In a desperate attempt to preserve the human race, 60,000 people are sent in a massive ship called Elysium to colonize the only known Earth-like planet named Tanis.

In the novel The World's Desire by H. Rider Haggard, Tanis is the principal location of the action.