Absence of compaction, intraformational breccias, resedimention, internal sediments and synsedimentary hardgrounds indicate early lithification of finegrained carbonate rocks. One of the factors controlling early lithification is the purity of lime mud. Less than 2% of insoluble residue (especially clay minerals) favours cementation and recrystallisation before further sediment accumulation causes compaction. Thus, early lithification is terminated in or near the environment of sedimentation. “Electrodiagenesis” is considered to be a possible mechanism for cementation.