34. The U.S. Invades Iraq, Forgets to Protect Iraqi National Museum
Stolen: Diorite statue of Entemena, Sacred Vase of Warka, 5,000 year old golden vase from Ur, 5,000 cylinder seals
Location: Baghdad, Iraq
Year: April 2003
When the U.S. invaded Iraq, the chaos left the national museum unguarded. Looters went to work, carrying off between 2,000 and 170,000 items. These were some of the most historically significant objects of Western Civilization, and is considered an absolute fuck up on all accounts.