There was little or no discussion at the colloquium as to whether the traditional Mt. Sinai (adjacent to St. Catherine’s Monastery) was in fact Mt. Sinai. It was simply not considered a candidate. As Cross notes, evidence of its identification as Mt. Sinai is no earlier than the Byzantine period, when it was identified to Egeria, a Christian pilgrim who was searching for the site in the late fourth century C.E., at which time monks were living there.