The mound of debris in the foreground is waste left over from quarrying at a quarry slightly up the slope from this one. This debris is composed mainly of chips removed during quarrying and squaring of quarried material. Around 50-60 % of all the stone extracted at these quarries probably ended up as waste of this sort.
The quarry-face in this quarry is vertical and there are few natural fissures in the rock.
This is one of the more than seventy individual extraction points which constitute the so-called City Quarries at Aphrodisias, located roughly 2 km north of the city. White and grey marbles were quarried in this area.