Roman soldier tweets hopes and fears for school kids

If they had had them, the Romans would have used them -- cell phones, that is. Now a group of British schoolchildren will have the chance to follow the "hopes, fears and experiences of a fictional 26-year-old Roman soldier called Marcus" on Twitter.

The project is the brainchild of the Tullie House museum in Carlisle, England, which will give kids the chance to follow Marcus as he marches in to occupy Cumbria in the winter of 72/73 AD. "We want Marcus to answer the sort of questions people now want to know: how old are you, what colour is your hair, where are you from, what can you see, what are these lands like and what are you doing here?" said Tim Padley, Keeper of Archaeology at Tullie House.