|Died 29 November 2013|
Inguva Kartikeya Sarma (1937–2013) was an Indian archaeologist and a Director of the Salar Jung Museum.
I. K. Sarma was born on 15 October 1937 in Pallipadu village of Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh. He obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Archaeology from the School of Archaeology, the academic wing of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in New Delhi. In 1958, Sarma joined the Archaeological Survey of India as a technical assistant in 1958. During 1983–1993, he was the Superintending Archaeologist of the ASI's Excavation Branch at Nagpur. During 1993-1997, he served as the Director of Salar Jung Museum in Hyderabad.
Sarma was involved in excavations at several sites in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Telangana and Tamil Nadu. These sites include Nagarjunakonda (1956–57); Kalibangan (1960–62 and 1964–66); Paiyampalli (1968); Pauni (1969–70); Surkotada (1970–71); Amaravati and Gudimallam (1974–75); and Pedavegi and Guntupalli (1985–87). In the 1970s, he also surveyed the remains of a Jain site at Aretippur in Karnataka.
During the last years of his life, he suffered from the Alzheimer's disease. He died on 29 November 2013 at Hyderabad, survived by his wife, two daughters and a son.
Sarma was known as an authority of the history of Telugu people, and wrote several books.