Israel routinely exploits archaeology for political purposes, to justify its "ownership" of the holy lands. It hypes its own antiquities (often frauds), while destroying artifacts from history viewed as a political threat. One of the great crimes committed against the people of Iraq was the looting of the Baghdad Museum and the destruction of many important ancient sites inside Iraq.
And more to the point, I think that destruction of ancient sites in Iraq is deliberate policy.
Egypt is literally littered with the ruins of the ancient temples and palaces of her rulers. As much as has been found, it is estimated that only 1/3 of Egypt's archeological wonders have been uncovered. A newly discovered temple was uncovered while digging a sewer line, and a cache of finely preserved mummies was literally stumbled over by a cow in a pasture.