Clay tile roofing has been in existence for more than 10,000 years. Many early buildings in China, Babylonia, Egypt, Rome, and Greece were roofed in clay tile. Production and installation methods which were used thousands of years ago have evolved little, and many similar techniques are still in use today. In America, European settlers brought this ancient craft with them, and evidence of clay tile roofs have been found in the early settlements of Roanoke, Jamestown, St. Augustine, and New Orleans. By the mid-seventeenth century, clay tile manufacturing had migrated to America in a big way, encouraged by building and fire codes in urban areas that encouraged clay tile use due to their fireproof qualities.