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Controversy 15 concerns the extent to which the metasedimentary sequence is juvenile (arc-related) vs. glaciogenic, and can be resolved by ion-probe dating of zircons from these sediments. Another diagnostic sedmentary unit in the CED is banded iron formation (BIF). BIF is not found in rocks younger than Archean and Paleoproterozoic but are found again in Neoproterozoic time. There are excellent BIF in Egypt (Sims and James, 1984) and Arabia (Goldring, 1990), and these examples of “ANS-BIF” may be correlative.
Also surprising is written evidence, on inscribed pottery shards, or ostraca, that work proceeded here even during the sun-scorched summer. Labor involved more than mere quarrying. After cutting and rough-dressing the blocks and column drums—and apparently also such larger pieces as the monolithic pillars eventually used in Hagia Sophia—the pieces were loaded onto oxcarts, which were driven 150 kilometers (about 100 mi) to the Nile at Qena (Kainopolis of the Ptolemaic era), where they were shipped downstream by barge and then by sea to their final destinations.