British archaeologist specializing in Greek prehistory. The granddaughter of British Liberal prime minister H. H. Asquith, Ridley (née Bonham‐Carter) took up archaeology late in life, influenced by childhood experiences in and around her home at Stockton in Wiltshire. In 1961 she started as a student in the Institute of Archaeology in London, graduating two years later top of her class with a postgraduate diploma. She had a scholarship at the British School in Athens before working at a number of sites in Greece, starting work in the Haliakmon Valley in northern Greece in 1971. Her most famous excavations were at Servia, a Neolithic settlement threatened with destruction by the building of a hydroelectric scheme.
The Times, 8 June 1998