Steptoe Butte is a quartzite "island" in the sea of loess known as the Palouse Hills, in eastern Washington and western Idaho in the United States. According to Wikipedia:
The rock that forms the butte is over 400 million years old
with no source to this claim. Looking around, I found this page from the Washington Geological Survey, which claims that Steptoe Butte is part of the Belt Supergroup, with an age of 1.4$-$1.5 Ga. Similar information and age can also be found on this University of Idaho webpage. Now comes this Eastern Washington University page, which claims (emphasis mine):
The butte of quartzite is well over 400 million years old, metamorphosed from a protolith of sandstone that went under searing temperatures and pressure into a hardy metamorphic rock known as quartzite which is almost entirely made of interlocking grains of quartz and other minerals (see photos of quartzite). On the northern lower part of the miraculous summit, it has vitreous quartzite with feldspathic matrix that was initially interpreted as Precambrian Belt Supergroup (Waggoner, 1998 and the attached geologic map). But, using the age distribution of detrital zircons resulted in a dominant age peak of 1.7 to 1.9 billion years old (Ellis et al., 2004), which correlates with the age peak of detrital zircons from the Cambrian period (e.g. Ross and Villeneuve, 2003; Linde et al, 2017). This information means that the quartzite is not as old as it was once thought to be, but is still quite old.
I can't make sense of this last passage. The cited abstract (Ellis et al., 2004) goes:
The youngest grains observed constitute a dominant age peak at approximately 1.7-1.9 Ga. Older minor peaks occur at 2.45, 2.6-2.7, 2.9 and 3.3 Ga. Despite the apparent difference in degree of deformation, quartzites on Steptoe and Kamiak Buttes are likely correlative. The detrital zircon signatures are consistent with those determined for easterly derived units of the Belt-Purcell Supergroup which contain a strong Laurentian signature (Ross and Villeneuve, 2003), but lack the younger 1.45-1.5 Ga syn-depositional detrital zircon signature that characterizes some sections of the Belt-Purcell sequence such as the nearby Wallace Formation.
But I don't see how this tells us that Steptoe Butte is not part of the Belt Supergroup and is thus of Cambrian age, as the previous text implies. So, I'd like to ask: how old is Steptoe Butte?