The Terracotta Army consists of over seven thousand clay soldiers, horses, chariots and weapons buried in a tomb with the first Chinese emperor, Qin Shi Huang Di. Over 2,000 years ago, the pieces in the Terracotta Army were made from clay and then baked in the sun to dry.
The fact that a great many of the pieces are still intact today is proof of the durability of clay. In ancient times, clay was used not only for sculptures, but also for buildings, roof titles, flooring, walls, and even floors. The chemical binding properties of clay are what make it such a versatile and long-lasting material.